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For what it's worth (not much), 

here's some of the MRR crew's 

current Top 10 lists of stuff we review. 



ROB COONS 


BOTCH-The Unifying Themes-CD 


CIRCLE ONE-Are You Afraid-CD 


DEATHSIDE-Life Is A Change-LP 


GEHENNA/CATHARSIS-split-LP 


NASUM-World In Turmoil-EP 


OCHRE/LEFT FOR DEAD-split-EP 


SEEING RED/CATWEAZLE-split-10" 


V/A-Reality Volume #2-LP 


V/A-Taking Liberties-7" 


FUN PEOPLE-live 


DR. DANTE 



DEADLINES FOR NEXT ISSUE:; 

Scene Reports: continuously, with photos! JEFF heermann 

Interviews: continuously, with photos! 

Ad Reservations: call to make sure. 

Ad Copy In: by 22nd of previous month- no 

later!! 

Issue out: by 2nd week of following month. 



INFECTIONS-Kill-LP/SUGAR SHACK-5 Weeks-LP 
THE SOLUTIONS-Sweet Bloody Cherry Pie-45 
REGISTRATORS-4 Vibrate-EP 
STATICS-Punk Rock And Roll-LP 
THE SMUGGLERS-Buddy Holly-EP 



ROOM 41 -Eternal You-EP/V/A-World of Friends-LP 

LOUDMOUTHS /SEX OFFENDERS-split-45 

REGISTRATORS-4 Vibrate-EP 

THE SIRES-Rule 0K-EP 

SESSO KRIMINALE-Just To Tease You-EP 



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AD CRITERIA: 

Due to backlogs, we can only run new ads 
for music and zine releases. All other ads 
must be classfieds only. We will not accept 
major label or related ads, or ads for comps 
or EPs that include major label bands. 

CLASSIFIEDS: 40 words cost $3/60 words 
max for $4. No racist, sexist or fascist mate- 
rial. Send typed if possible. Cash only!!! 
Expect a two month backlog! 

COVER: Chris Harman, 61 E Arcadia Ave, 
Columbus, OH 43202 



IGGY AND THE STOOGES-California Bleeding-LP LOUDMOUTHS/SEXOFFENDERS-split-EP 

ROOM 41 -Eternal You-EP OBLIVIANS-At Melissa's Garage-EP 

SUPERCHARGER-LP SICK THINGS-Sounds Of Silence-CD 

ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN/HELLACOPTERS-EP CARPETTES-The Early Years-CD 

REGISTRATORS-4 Vibrate-EP PERSUADERS-Rock Bottom-EP 



TOM HOPKINS 



V/A-Deep In The Throat Of Texas-LP 
OCHRE/LEFT FOR DEAD-split-EP 
IVICH/E-1 50-split-EP/ROOM 41 -Eternal You-EP 
HEALTH HAZARD/SAWN OFF-split-EP 
FYM-Free Your Mind-EP 



CAROLYN KEDDY 



INFECTIONS-Kill-LP/CAMPUSTRAMPS-EP 
OBLIVIANS-At Melissa's Garage-10" 
V/A-A World Full Of Friends-LP/TONICS-CD 
SNARKOUT BOYS-Triumph-EP 



GEHENNA/CATHARSIS-split-LP 
V/A-Southeast Hardcore-EP 
AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED/ENEMYSOIL-split-EP 
RONDELLES-He's Out Of Sight-EP 
OBLIVIANS-At Melissa's Garage-10" 

PERSUADERS-Rock Bottom-EP 
CHEATIN' HUSSIES-I Don't Want To-EP 
REGISTRATORS-4 Vibrate-EP 
STATICS-LP/SUPERCHARGER-LP 



ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN/HELLACOPTERS-split-EP UNNATURAL AXE-ls Gonna Kick-CD 



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Dutch East, Get Hip, Smash, Subterra- 
nean, Last Gasp, Rotz, See Hear, Cargo, 
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Moon and Marginal. 



PROMS-Bubble Bath-EP/CHOPPER-CD 
TRAVIS CUT-No Good..-EP/INFECTIONS-LP 
FRANTICS-Downtown Delirium-EP 
LOUDMOUTHS/SEXOFFENDERS-split-45 
DAGOBAH-Good Rockin Tonight-EP 



Please send all records, zines, letters, 
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tions, interviews, ads, etc., to: 

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SNUFF-Caught In Sessions-LP 
HEALTH HAZARD/SAWN OFF-split-EP 
V/A-Deep In The Throat Of Texas-LP 
V/A-Reality Vol 2-LP/V/A-Southeast Hardcore-EP 
GEHENNA/CATHARSIS-split-LP 



ALLAN MCNAUGHTON 



SNUFF-Caught In Session-LP 
SEEIN 1 RED/CATWEAZLE-split 10" 
BARBARA KECK-Jackhammer-EP 
EX CATHEDRA-Karma Chameleon-EP 
PERIOD PAINS-Spice Girls-EP 



SHOW WITH GOATS-Oh Oh A Go Go-EP 
CROCODILE GOD-Ladders-EP 
CHEIFS-HollywestCrisis-CD/DODGEBALL-CD 
SPACE COOKIE-CD/ROOM 41-Eternal You-EP 
RIOT GUN-Even Out The Odds-EP 

V/A-Taking Liberties-LP/TERMINAL DISGUST-LP 
SEEIN RED/CATWEAZLE-split-10" 
DEATHSIDE-Life Is A Chain-LP 
ILL REPUTE-Positive Charged-CD 
NASUM-World In Turmoil-EP 

V/A-Taking Liberties-EP 
HEALTH HAZARD-Discography-LP 
V/A-Deep In The Throat Of Texas-LP 
NO REASON-Walk Away-EP 
F.Y.M.-Free Your Mind-EP 



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TDPsible-one for MRR and one for reviewer), or CD-only I II 
1 Wl release. See Records section for where to send tapes. 



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ZINE SHITWORKERS 



RAIMUNDO MURGIA 



|DEFIANCE-NoTime-EP 
)NE MAN ARMY/THE BODIES-live 

I" RANDUMBS-lt's About Time-CD 
THE INFECTIONS-Kill-LP 
_ V/A-De ep In The Throat Of Texas-LP 

REGISTRATORS-4 Vibrate-EP 
ONE SIZE FITS ALL-I Against The Rule 0K7-EP 
LARRY-Berkeley Scenester Scum-EP 
LOUDMOUTHS /SEX OFFENDERS-split-45 
PEECHEES-Games People Play-LP 



RUCE ROEHRS 



WESTSIDE BOYS-The Oi Years-LP 
ZYCLON ZEROS-EP/STROMBERG POLKA-EP 
SUSPECTS/VIOLENT SOCIETY-split EP 
LOUDMOUTHS/SEX OFFENDERS-split EP 
V/A-A World Full Of Friends-LP/RANCID VAT-EP 



LEAH URBANO 



BOTCH-The Unifying Themes-CD 
GEHENNA/CATHARSIS-split-LP 
SAMIAM-The New Red Years-CD 
COLLATERAL DAMAGE-Let Me Be Broken-EP 
V/A-The Forty Ninth Parallel-CD 



ZINE TOP 10 



Lickety Split-#2 
Slug And Lettuce-#50 
Pool Dust-#27 
lnfilitration-#5 
Fast Connection-#4 



RYAN WELLS 



REGISTRATORS-4 Vibrate-EP 
STATICS-Punk RocknRoll-LP 
I SICK THINGS-Sounds Of Silence-CD 
CHEIFS-Hollywest Crisis-CD 
V/A-Deep In The Throat Of Texas-LP 



TIM YOHANNAN 



STITCHES/FINAL CONFLICT-live 
RANDUMBS-Seven Inch-EP 
WESTSIDE BOYS-The Oi Years-LP 
RANCID VAT-Blobs Have More Fun-EP 
THE SIMONS-Stink With Pleasure-EP 

INFECTIONS-Kill-LP 

TONE DEAF PIG-DOGS-Too Early To Tell-EP 
ZEN GUERILLA-Trouble Shake-EP 
FRANTICS-Downtown Delerium-EP 
RANCID VAT-Blobs Have More Fun-EP 

REGISTRATORS-4 Vibrate-EP 
V/A-Deep In The Throat Of Texas-LP 
RANDUMBS-Seven Inch-EP 
V/A-Oi Rare & Exotic-LP 
SEEIN' RED/CATWEAZLE-split 10' 

LINK 80-Killing Katie-10" 

BOYS SET FIRE-The Day The Sun Went Out-CD 
INK & DAGGER-The Road To Hell-CD 
TOMORROWS GONE-Faded Grey-EP 
OCHRE/LEFT FOR DEAD-split-EP 

We Aren't The World-#9 

Glossolalia-#7 

7-1145 

The Assassin And The Whiner-#7 

Please Don't Feed The Bears 

ROOM 41 -Eternal You-EP 
SUPERCHARGER-LP 
UNNATURAL AXE-ls Gonna Kick-CD 
V/A-A World Full Of Friends-LP 
SNUFF-Caught In Session-LP 



STATICS-LP/ONE SIZE FITS ALL-EP V/A-A World Full Of Friends-LP/SOLUTIONS-45 

ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN/HELLACOPTERS-split-EP LOUDMOUTHS/SEX OFFENDERS-split EP 
THE DREAD/ANTI-FLAG-SPLIT LP INFECTIONS-LP/HONKUS B-Cuz We Wanna-EP 

V/A-Deep In The Throat Of Texas-LP FRANTICS-EP/CHEATIN' HUSSIES-EP 

V/A-What's This Shit Called Punk-EP POLITIKILL INCORRECT-Punk Rock Girls..,EP 



REMA YOUNG & KENNY KAOS 



INFECTIONS-Kill-LP 
ROOM 41 -Eternal You-EP 
REGISTRATORS-4 Vibrate-EP 
RANCID VAT-Blobs Have More Fun-EP 
CAMPUS TRAMPS-Rock OCIock-EP 



Marian Anderson 
Paul Barger 
Toby Bitter 
Sara Bonnel 
Enrico Cadena 
Mel Cheplowitz 
Jeremy Cool 
Heather Daniels 
Rafael DiDonato 
Jodi Feldman 
Gardner Fusuhara 
Todd Gullion 
Lance Hahn 
Chris Harvey 
Tom Hopkins 
George Impulse 
Kenny Kaos 
Mick Krash 
Ray Lujan 
Timojhen Mark 
Jeff Mason 
Mundo Murguia 
Mike Millett 
Shawn Nuzzo 
Greta S 

Michelle Shipley 
Marc Spinale 
Dave Stevenson 
Trixie 

Leah Urbano 
Max Ward 
Shane White 
Kelli Williams 
Charles Wolski 
Rema Young 



Aragorn 

Michelle Barnhardt 
Lily Boe 
Jerry Booth 
Chris Charla 
Catherine Cook 
Rob Coons 
Mikel Delgado 
Timothy Doran 
Jonathan Floyd 
Brian Gathy ' 
Katja Gussmann 
Harald Hartmann 
Jeff Heermann 
Jenn Hyman 
Jux 

Carolyn Keddy 
Michael Lucas 
Hal MacLean 
Mary Jane 

Tobia Jean Minckler 
Allan McNaughton 
Jah Nell 
Bruce Roehrs 
Harry Sherrill 
Steve Spinali 
Martin Sprouse 
Travis T 
Adam Turk 
Jason Valdez 
Ryan Wells 
Joe Whiting 
Winni Wintermeyer 
Jeff Yih 
Jon Von Zelowitz 



ZINE CONTRIBUTORS 



LOUDMOUTHS /SEX OFFENDERS-split-45 
GLUCIFIER/HELLACOPTERS-split-1 0" 
ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN/HELLACOPTERS-split-EP 
SEWERGROOVES-Dead Letter River-EP 
STATICS-Punk Rock And Roll-LP 



Mykel Board 
George Tabb 
Jason Beck 
Ted Rail 
Renae Bryant 
Nick Fitt 
Nathan Berg 
Sheri Gumption 
Melissa Klein 
Jesse Luscious 
Trent Reinsmith 
Chris Hall 
Pat Jones 
Matt Average 
Johnny Griswold 
Dan Gatewood 
Chris Harman 



Rev Norb 
John Kohut 
Brian Zero 
Queenie 
Dave Emory 
Mark Hanford 
Larry Harmon 
Felix Von Havoc 
Jason Useless 
Emily Soares 
Derek Kenney 
Patrick Grindstaff 
Bob Suren 
Brett Tobias 
Chris Jensen 
Matt Luskin 



ZINE COORDINATORS 
Jen Angel Tim Yohannan 



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#149/Oct'95.ManicHispanic,PetUFO, 
Campus Tramps, Joe Kidd, Bad Luck 
Streak, Chumpslap, The Humpers, No 
Violence,DiferentesActitudesJuveniles, 
Richard The Roadie, "Roots Of Punk- 
The Sixties Ft 2". 

#150/Nov '95. NY Loose, Snap- 
Her, Sick Boys, Splatterheads, 
Pipe, Pregnant Man, Final Con- 
flict, Rawness, Stink, Goblins, 
Smellie Fingers, "Roots Of Punk- 
-The Essential 1950s". 

#151 pt 2/ Dec '95. The Lowdowns, 
My White Bread Mom, Queen B's, 
Electric Frankenstein, Turtlehead, 
Serpico, Trick Babys, In/Humanity, 
The Stains, Varukers, The Pist, Ter- 
rible Virtue, "The Hardcore Films Of 
Richard Kern". 

#155/Apr '96. Third Degree, Pus- 
sy Crush, Surfin' Turnips, Sick- 
oids, Anti-Flag, Slight Slappers, 
High Plains Drifters, Cro-Mags, 
Hockey Teeth, "The Knights Of 
Malta". 



#165/Feb '97. He's Dead Jim, The 
Millionaires, No-Talents, Blanks 77, 
The Hives, The Freeze, Chris Sped- 
ding & Other People's Music, Defi- 
ance, The Real McKenzies, Savage 
Malignant, Sea Monsters, Dropkick 
Murphys, Bou Sou Nezumi, "Roots 
of Punk-Richard Hell". 

#166/Mar '97. Walking Abortions, 
Hickey, '77 Spreads, San- 
ity Assassins, Cards In 
Spokes, Joey Tampon & 
The Toxic Shocks, Adjec- 
tive Noun, Suicide King, 
Lenguas Armadas, Trauma, 
DeCrew, "Roots of Punk- 
-Dead Boys". 

#168/May '97. Cretin 66, 
Fishsticks, UK Subs, Distem- 
per, Enewetak, Fields Of Shit, 
"Roots of Punk-SLF, Under- 
tones". 



Records, The Reclusives, 
Nick Qwik, "Pioneers of 
Punk: GG Allin". 

#174/November '97. Strat- 
ford Mercenaries, Lickity 
Split, Bladder, Piss Shivers, 
Barnhills, In/Humanity, 
theme issue: Education. 



#169/June '97. Hard Skin 
Cluster Bomb Unit, Jihad, 
Purgen, Speed Queens, Re- 
mission, Halflings, The Old 
Man, Deface, "Roots of 
Punk--Clash, Ramones, 
Sex Pistols". 

#170/July '97. Bristle, 
Mine, Tedio Boys, The 4 
Cockroaches, Absconded, 
Meanwhile. Broken, 
(Young) Pioneers, Hoo- 
drat, "You're Dead!", 
"Roots of Punk--The 
Slits". 

#171/August '97. Strych- 
nine, Idiots, Patrick Grind- 
staff of Pelado Records, Mis- 
anthropists, Racetraitor, Vio 
lent Society, Knuckleheads. 

#172/September '97. With- 

drawls, Judgement, No Motiv, 
Oppressed Logic, Truents, Left 
For Dead, Yellowskin, The 
Weird Lovemakers, Smash 
Your Face, Flatus, Straight 
Faced, Klaxon, X-It, web de- 
signer Vic Gedris, filmmaker 
Doug Cawker. 

#163/Dec '96. The Last Sons Of #173/October '97. Hot Water 
Krypton, The Prostitutes, Wig Hat, Music, Fat Day, Los Tiares 
The Boys, Let It Rock, Enemy Soil, Guapos, Les Partisans, The 
Vulcaneers, Half Empty, The Ze- Bristols,My3Scum,TheSpace 
ros, Deadcats, Teen Idles. Shits, Chris of Pessimiser 



#156 pt 1/May '96. Public Toys, 
Crunch, Peter & The Test Tube 
Babies, Nails Of Hawaiian, Splash 
4, Yawp!, Lifetime, Sickoids, 
Roots of Punk-Boston". 

#158/July '96. Workin' Stiffs, The 
Gain, Ashley Von Hurter & The Hat- 
ers, The Process, Brother Inferior, 
Judge Nothing, Breakups, Not For 
Rent, "Roots of Punk--The 
Buzzcocks". 

#159/Aug '96. The Smugglers, 
Brand New Unit, Tone Deaf Pig- 
dogs, Round Ear Spocks, David 
Hayes of Too Many Records, 
Man Afraid, Blind Side, Vox 
Populi, Death Wish Kids, Fun 
People, Fat Drunk & Stupid, 
"Roots of Punk-The Dickies". 

#1 62/Nov '96. Phantom Surfers, Can- 
dy Snatchers, The Stain, National 
Guard, Torches To Rome, Restos 
Fosiles, Two Bo's Maniacs, Snuka, 
Redemption 87, Torture Kitty, 
"Roots of Punk-Los Angeles '77". 




TO BOOK OR NOT TO BOOK. 
Hey, here's a question, 
should we do another Book Your 
Own Fucking Life for next 
year? Actually, there's notenough 
time to solicit all your opinions on 
this, but suffice to say that we 
aren't sure if this remains a neces- 
sary tool for independent bands 
or whether people don't really use 
the resource anymore. 

I guess what I'm asking, on 
short notice, is whether there are 
any sreiously interested groups 
who'd like to team up with us next 
year on this, but also whether the 
thing should exist at all, or wheth- 
er it should perhaps be spun off 
and run as a non-print, on-line 
only web site that could be updat- 
ed on a regular basis. 

Since time is short in decid- 
ing all this, anybody who has seri- 
ous intentions about helping out 
on this please get in touch imme- 
diately. 



WANNA SEND US 
SOMETHING?! 

Scene Reports: PUNK'S NOT DEAD! it's happen- 
ing out there and MRR readers want to near 
about it! Hit My name is Jenrt and I input and 
edit the scene reports that come in. MRR relies 
on you scenesters out there to keep the pulse 
of what's happening in your town, write up 
something fun and interesting about it, and 
send it in to MRR. Photos and artwork are 
mandatory. Tell usabout local bands, zines, and 
cool and uncoot venues, include info for travel- 
ling punks (non-US scene reports are especially 
welcome!) such as where to find cheap veggie 
eats, record stores, and strong coffee. Has your 
punk scene spawned any communally-run en- 
terprises such as show spaces, cafes or record 
stores? Are racist or homophobic thugs threat- 
ening your scene's harmony? Enquiring punk 
mmds want to know! See details below for 
format info. 

Interviews: Boy, is MRR ever looking to im- 
prove the quality of our interviews (which 
shouldn't be hardl) we'd like to get a staff of 
reliable people across the country and around 
the world who could turn in some good, prob- 
ing interviews on a semi-regular basis. We're 
looking for people who already have some 
experience doing interviews (perhaps you have 
your own zine and would like to share some of 
your best stuff with a wider audience), who can 
challenge bands (I know, I know, ma& bands 
don't have squat to say, but a good interviewer 
can take them where they haven't been be- 
fore!) or give some long overdue support for 
those behind-the-scenes types who do an aw- 
ful lot of the hard work in punk rock but get 
little of the ego or monetary rewards. Please 
give us a call if you are interested in covering 
new hardcore, punk or garage bands. 
Formats for submitting stuff? We prefer things 
typed up on a 3 1/2* computer disk, either Mac 
(preferred) or IBM. Please don't type in all 
CAPS! if you can't access a computer, then 
typed up cleanly on paper should work, as long 
as it's in a fairly common and straightforward 
font. Graphic stuff? Send photos (B&W pre- 
ferred, but color OK too), logos, etc. Thanks 
Recoras/ilnes? See detailed information listed 
on the mastheads of the Record Review and 
Zine Review sections. 



Pleaselist alternates in ease we're out of a particular issue. Price list is on previous page. 



Catchy Slogan Goes Here. 



ALL DAY 

"Nobody Likes 

A Quitter" 

1 7 song CD 

Everything is on this 

release. All the 

singles and a 

bunch of new stuff. 





DRAIN BRAMAGED 
"Happy Drunx" 
15 song CD 
Kings of O.C. drunk 
punk are back with 
their 2nd full length. 






THE FIXTURES 

'Dangerous Music Defect' 

27 song CD 

All the classics from the 

first 2 LP's plus some 

compilation tracks. 



DAS KLOWN "Live At Zed" 
1 7 song CD 

A collection of old and 
new songs recorded 'live' 
on April Fool's Day, 1997. 
Warning: This will offend, 
so don't be so PCI 

INSULT" 

"I Wanna Be A Burn 

Victim" 

24 song CD 

Hardcorel! Produced by 

SethPutnam of AC. 

Coming soon: 

Insult/ A.C split 12" 

NOTHING TO BELIEVE IN 
16 Bands/36 songs CD comp 
Includes The Suspects. Insult, 
Voodoo Glow Skulls, Das Klown, 
The Process. All Day, Fury 66, 
The Fumes. Spunk, Vitamin L, 
Swoons, Drain Bramaged, PUS, 
Glue Gun, Blount, Horace Pinker, 
Rancid Hell Spawn, R. Collision, 
Youth Gone Mad, The Meatmen 
iThe Fixtures, Legitime Defonce, 
Youth In Asia, Monkhouse, Cruel Sc Unusual, Moral Crux, 
Naked Aggression, No Consent, Apocalypse Hoboken, 
Surgeon General's Warning, Shlumpf. Wrong Way Right, 
Perturbed, Media Blitz, rlotgun. & Sanity Assassins. 

These releases also available: 

Anon Family "La Cosa Nostra" CD 

Buzzbomb s/t CD 

All Day/Stomach split 7" 

Dead Beat/Narsaak split 7" 

Carol "Prefabricated" 7" 

Rancid Hell Spawn "Axe Hero" CD 

P.U.S. "A Life In Fear 7" 

Los Crudos "Canciones Para Liberar Nuestras Fronteras" LP 

Brother Inferior "Anthems For Greater Salvation" LP 

Das Klown "Sink or Swim" 7" 

The Fixtures "Screw The World" 7" 

Das Klown "Holy Crap!" CD/LP 

Fuckface/Hlckey split 7" 

Das Klown/Draln Bramaged spilt 7" 

No Fraud "Babewatch" 7" 
CD » S8ppd N. America/SlOppd World 
LP = $7ppd N. Amerka/SlOppd World 
7'- S3.50ppd N. America/$5ppd World 
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3007. ..AVAIL/YOUNG PIONEERS-My Heart Lies in 
Virginia split 7" EP. Finally these 2 great southern 
political bands on one record. Heartfelt hardcore/emo 
on both sides Black Vinyl. ..$4.00(CD EP 

...1*4. o „„t„ VD trarlc nnri nnp Avail tracks #7625 $8.00) 



5721...CLOSURE-S/T LP. Long awaited full length from 
Long Island NY whiz kids. Beautifully packaged and 
recorded respectively by Mountain and Geoff Turner. 
Please do not miss out on my favorite emo . Similar to 
Thick Black Vinyl...$7.00(CD #7614 $7.00) 



7624...NEGATIVLAND-EISDISPP CD. A collage of music 
and sound clips which brilliantly reveals the perverse 
world of corporate advertising fosusing on the 
Pepsi/Coke companies and their commercials, the media 
and more. As inspirational to me as the Noam Chomsky 
CDs/books and includes reading suggestions as well. 
Get prepared to take on the enemy!.... 



5669...UNWOUND-Fake Train LP. One day Unwound will 
be recoginzed as the Velvet Underground of the 90's. 
You will never be bored with this record, never. (I guess 
Adam likn this (ed.l....Blk Vinvl...$8.50(CD #7504 $10^051 



3004...VINDICTIVES/SLOPPY SECONDS-Split 7 
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B/W Why Don't Lesbians Love Me? By SS's. Need we say 

more except this is a solid record On semen 

colored Pearl Necklace Vinyl. $3.50_ 



7628. ..PORTRAIT OF POVERTY-S/T CD. Beer swilling, 
pot smoking anarchistic punk from Tacoma. I'll be 
damned if "Scumbags in Paradise" isn't the best songs 
I've heard all year. Please check this out $9.50 



1932 ...NOBODY'S/GOTOHELLS-Split 7" EP. 2 songs 
from Gotohells. 3 from Nobodys. Sometimes when I 
hear something I like, I tap my foot. Gotohells made me 
do the twist. Kudos. The porn lovin' Nobodys kick out 
some Queers inspired jams on this 
too Salmon Pink Vinyl. ..$3.50 



1972.. .SCREECHING WEASEL-Formula 27 7" EP. Mr. 
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Black Vinyl. ..$4.00 



1986. ..DICK ARMY-The First Four Beers 7" EP. Hilarious 
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we listen to this). Dick Army theme song, Betty Crocker 
Punk Rocker(Matt co-wrote w/George Tabb) Teenage 
SupplicanMabout G Tabb fans) and more. Sax 
solos!?!! Black Vinyl... $3.50 



1997...NOFX-Fuck the Kids 7" EP. This record is great. I 
mean it, NOFX schools their legions of detractors, 
followers, wannabees and themselves. 13 blasts of punk 
energy of a 7" at 45 rpm. Check this against the PMRC 
7" and Propaghandi-How to Clean 7" for a 
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5730...RYE COALITION-HEE SAW DHUH KAET LP. I 
used to think these guys were really cool, but I heard the 
drummer has a Led Zepplin tattoo. Actually this is crazy, 
sexy cool ass groove rock. No lyric sheet though. Very 
"ood band. Albini-like.Blk Vinyl.. ,$7.00(CD#7823 $ 1000) 



1980. ..FURIOUS GEORGE-Bananas B/W I Gotta 
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on a ltd ed 7". Get 'em, before they go the way of the 
MRR 7". Punk Rock! Picture Disc. ..$5. 50 



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SPLASH 4/DO THE EARTHQUAKE 
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16 stompin' cuts from French punk kings. Includes 
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2nd & last CD by LA's power punk combo. Feat, 
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Dear 
MRR, 



This is just a 
remark to the 
letter by An- 
thony Walker from England in is- 
sue #1 72, where he slagged MRR 
for the Hard Skin interview in is 
sue #169... Well, I would just ex 
pect a little bit more brightness by 
native" English speaker, 'cos 
even for me as a German it was 
obvious that Hard Skin is a fake, a 
parody... 

So no reason at all to bash 
MRR for that piece (there are 
plenty of others though...). And 
there's a little hint for you An- 
thony: ever heard of the band Wat 
Tyler??? Cheers, 
Ralf aka Spitbrother/ spitbrother 
@ swol.de 

PS., or is Anthony's letter 
part of the scam? Ok, you can call 
me dumbass then... 

^J\ Hey Jeff M., 

Jj ) I liked your response to 
^ — / Derek Rodriguez's letter in 
#172.. ..about being "non-political". 
I could not have said it any better 
myself; "while you wave the flag, 
they're laughing all the way to the 
bank". What so many people don't 
understand is the extent of indoc- 
trination of patriotism that exists 
in this society. If one expresses a 
non-mainstream opinion, or criti- 
cizes "amerikkkan values" they 
are labeled a communist, or some- 
thing like that. Also, what Derek 
fails to realize is that punk rock 
originally came from working class 
kids in England who were 
anarachists, and hated main- 
stream values. U.S. punk was not 
political, but later on, many bands 
were/are very political (left -lean- 
ing). You should try and see Fred 
Weisman's film: "High School", 
circa the 1 960's. I cannot remem- 
ber when it came out. co-option is 
not an option.... 
Lisa Alcock 



^^Heya, Jen! 
^^k One thing that got 
^^r brought up in your inter- 

~ view with Racetraitor (good 
interview, by the way) is that both 
you and them claim that the white 
working class "aren't being duped", 
which I have to strongly disagree 
with. When RT views political is- 
sues solely on the basis of race (i.e. 
all white Americans are exploiters, 
while'all non-whites are exploited) 
it ignores the major influences of 
class structures in the US and in its 
economic colonies. The assump- 
tion that they apparently make is 
that the benefits that US workers 
have were somehow granted to 
them solely through the US imperi- 
alist system, as opposed to being 
earned by the long and often bloody 
struggle of the labor/union move- 
ment from the 19th century on. 
Also, the same people in positions 
of economic power in the US that 
perpetuate economic imperialism 
are the ones who are trying (and 
succeeding) in taking away all of 
those rights from workers in the 
US. While it's always important to 
link struggles and especially to point 
out implicit or explicit racism in the 
primarily white US left (and the 
labor movement is chock full of 
this), I think it's really shortsighted 
for a bunch of middle-class punkers 
to write off struggling workers sim- 
ply because they're 
white.. .especially since the main 
groups that're organizing these 
people and addressing their con- 
cerns are white supremacist 
groups! I'd much sooner see those 
people showing solidarity with third- 
world workers against the corpo- 
rate interests that are screwing both 
of them over (the third world much 
more than the US, but still) than to 
see them blaming the "Zionist oc- 
cupational government". 

Sorry to rant, but the political 
worldview being expressed by RT 
seems so based on the issue of 
racism and racism only, so much 
so that it seems like almost an 



excuse for white people not to do 
anything other than sit back and 
wallow in white liberal guilt, rather 
than deal with their ingrained rac- 
ism (in addition to sexism, 
classism, homophobia, etc) and 
then take action from there, much 
like RT urge Black people to do in 
regards with race and imperialism 
(a point I agree with totally). 
Thanks, 
Mike Saboo 

Hi Mike, 

Just a quick note - The inter- 
view was done by Mike S. from 
Chicago, I just wrote the introduc- 
tion, Jen 

^a^ Hey Jen, 

«Hk Just read your col- 

mApr umn and wanted to make 
^*" r afew comments. First off 
'm pretty much in agreement that 
if you don't wear the punk rock 
uniform people are kinda appre- 
hensive about you. I recently 
shaved my beard into a mustache 
and man it just freaked people 
out. I mean a mustache? (with no 
goatee or anything) that's just not 
done. Everyone was making com- 
ments such as "why did you do 
that?" "weird" or " wow, now you 
really look like narc." Anyway, the 
main thing I wanted to comment 
on was the line "why aren't the 
women who are liked and re- 
spected the ones who are doing 
zines and networking.instead of 
the girls who are cute and dress 
nice?" Now while I think being 
popular because of the way you 
look is pretty stupid I don't see 
how doing a zine should make 
you popular either. For me it's 
how people relate to each other 
that matters, if someone does a 
zine or puts on shows or whatever 
but is also jerk I don't see why ' 
should like them. Punk is already 
plagued with the myth that pro 
ducers (zine editors, band mem 
bers, label owners) are somehow 
more important than regular punx 



(though less 
than in main- 
stream cul- 
ture), like you 
said personal 
relationships 
and interaction are important, far 
more important I believe than how 
you look or what it is that you do. 
Besides there's no reason some- 
one can't be friendly, active in the 
scene, and a snappy dresser to 
boot. Sorry that I kinda drifted 
away from the gender politics that 
was the main focus of that sec- 
tion. Also I'm glad to see you're 
going to keep your personal style 
of writing as one of MRR's bigger 
problems is that it's seen as .this 
big faceless entity (am I quoting 
you there?) and was kinda wor- 
ried when I read your August col- 
umn that you were slipping into 
that mindset. 
TTFN. 

George Sweetman/Sleepless 
Nights Publications & Distribution 
, PO Box 523 Stn. M/ Calgary, AB/ 
T2P 2J2/ Canada/ sweetman 
©freenet.calgary.ab.ca 



Maximum Rocknroll, 
fijjjjk This is in response I 

ar to Nick Fitt's August #171 
column which has to bel 
the stupidest column I have ever| 
read. Hands down. 

First you say, "Neither will! 
[help change the world] reading 
irresponsible anarchist drivel like 
Working Sucks!" and "It seems to 
me that sucks is the only argu- 
ment an anarchist can get out." 
Well Mr. Nick Fitt working does 
suck and it's fucked up society 
pushes working, getting married, 
and having kids, ending up like all 
the other sheep. Anarchists say 
everything sucks because just| 
about everything does suck. 

You go on to criticize Food I 
Not Bombs saying, "This seems 
to be the punkest thing in town 
these days" and "I think they ought | 
to serve spikes and leather in- 



stead of food". What the hell is that 
supposed to mean. Yes, punks are 
involved, who gives a shit, the thing 
that matters is that they are feeding 
hungry people who don't have op- 
portunities that you have. Believe it 
or not there are people out there 
who have to dig through garbage 
cans to get their dinner. You go on 
to say Food Not Bombs is "led by 
politically ignorant anarchists, they 
feed people food that they pay for. 
For free." Yes, for free 
motherfucker! This government that 
you speak of sure ain't feeding the 
hungry people livingon the streets. 
They don't care about us at all, so 
we have to do it ourselves. I just 
don't see how you could criticize 
people forfeeding the hungry, who 
don't have a penny to their name. 
So what if they're punx, doesn't 
everybody need to get involved? 

What does it matter if they 
wear spikes. They're doing some- 
thing constructive, what the hell 
are you doing? Bitching about an- 
archists. Bitching about how you 
don't like hardcore. Good, hardcore 
doesn't like you. Why do you even 
write for a punk rock 
fanzine? Maybe you should just go 
get a nice cushy comfortable office 
[job, a wife and kid, and vote for Bob 
Dole. For sure. 

Maybe you just haven't ever 
been hungry because you've al- 
ways had your mommy and daddy 
to feed you, but some people don't 
have that opportunity, so stop 
bitching and help. Anarchy wouldn't 
be so bad! Please respond, Nick 
Fitt. 
Nathan Oman 

P.S. I ordered patches about 
3 months ago and sent my money, 
but you gypped me. Not surprised. 



j» DearMR&R, 
J) This letter is a re- 

sponse to the ahistorical 
nonsense spouted by columnist I 
Nick Fitt in MRR 170. Nick's 
newfound enthusiasm to Leninist 
class struggle is no doubt a fresh- 



Iman phase which will soon be 
I discarded. I would presume that 
Ithe esteemed Mr. Hooligan would 
Iset the record straight but I recall 
[that your columnists are not al- 
I lowed to discuss each other's writ- 
ings. 

Nick makes some sweeping 
generalizations aboutthe Russian 
revolution and civil war of 1917 
21 . While he may regard the Bol 
shevik seizure of power as "the 
way forward for all humanity", I 
view it as a betrayal of the revolu- 
tionary aspirations of the Russian 
working peoples by a power-hun- 
gry band of "professional" revolu- 
tionaries. My own opinions aside 
Nick simply does not have his 
facts straight. His methodology 
wouldn't pass Comp. 1 01 . He cites 
no authors or monographs except 
Reed's 10 Days That Shook The 
World, which is an account of a 
pro-Bolshevik journalist and is by 
no means an unbiased work of 
history. 

Nick asserts his stance might 
offend "middle class, pacifist lib- 
erals posing as revolutionaries." 
I'm neither pacifist, liberal, or 
middle class but I take offense. To 
reveal my bias I will state up front 
that I'm an anarchist punk rocker 
who got interested in anarchism 
from the music of Crass, Conflict, 
Discharge, etc. back in the early 
80's. My political affiliation since 
has been with groups like the An- 
archist Youth Federation and Pro- 
fane Existence. 

Nick supports the crushing 
of the 1921 Kronstadt uprising. 
He lays charges of pro-capitalism 
and anti-Semitism against the 
Kronstadt rebels without citing any 
factual basis for his accusation. 
The Kronstadt uprising was an 
insurrection by the radical sailors 
of the Baltic fleet who had been 
the most- radical force in 1917 
revolution. Indeed, the sailors pro- 
vided much of the organized mili- 
tary force used to overthrow the 
provisional government and in- 



^ 



stall the Bol- 
sheviks in 
power. These 
sailors, repre- 
senting the 
most radical 
vanguard of the Russian prole- 
tariat felt that the Bolsheviks had 
betrayed the aims of the revolu 
tion with their increasingly authori- 
tarian rule. In response they re- 
volted against the regime, hoping 
top spark a nationwide revolt. Un 
fortunately the Soviet regime had 
too great a monopoly of force and 
Trotsky personally oversaw the 
liquidation of the rebels - thereby 
casting anarchism onto "the 
dustheap of history." In my stud 
ies of the Kronstadt uprising I don't 
ever remember reading about pro- 
capitalist or anti-Semitic 
programmes put forth by the 
Kronstadt rebels. I direct inter 
ested readers to Paul Avrich's 
book Kronstadt, 1921, Princeton, 
1970. 

To support the suppression 
of the Kronstadt uprising is to sup- 
port the imposition of Marxist dic- 
tatorship at the expense of further 
revolutionary and anti-authoritar- 
ian change. 

Next Nick says he supports 
the suppression of the "libertar- 
ian" (not anarchist?) forces in the 
Ukraine. 1917-1921 Ukraine was 
a cauldron boiling over with con- 
flicting political parties and groups, 
most of whom had their own 
armies. Nationalist, monarchist, 
anarchist, socialist, and Bolshe- 
vik groups were all in conflict over 
the future of the Ukraine. I'm as- 
suming Nick is referring to the 
anarchist partisans of Ukraine who 
took their name from their military 
and political leader Nestor 
Makhno. The Makhnovists were 
peasants and workers fighting for 
an end to domination of Ukraine 
by petty bourgeoisie nationalists 
Russian monarchists, and the au 
thoritarian Marxists. Insurrection- 
ary Ukraine provides the greatest 



example of anarchist principles in 
action outside of the Spanish revo- 
lution and civil war or 1936-39. 
Makhno even allied with the Bol- 
sheviks for a time to defeat the 
White (counter-revolutionary) Gen- 
eral A. Denikin. However, Trotsky 
and Lenin betrayed the 
Makhnovists and crushed the in- 
surrection in Ukraine and with it the 
revolutionary aspirations of its 
people. Stalin finished the job with 
the "terror famine" of the 1930's. I 
would recommend P. Arshinov His- 
tory of the Makhnovist Movement, 
1923, Berlin. (Available from AK 
Books) or Michael Malet's book on 
the makhnovists (try a university 
library). Also useful is Avrich, Paul, 
The Anarchists in the Russian 
Revolution, Ithaca, 1973, and 
Avrich, Paul, The Russian Anar- 
chists, Princeton, 1967. And of 
course Maximov.Grigori, The Guil- 
lotine At Work, Chicago, '1940. 

The anarchist critique of Marx- 
ism as authoritarian is nothing new 
and predates the events in Russia 
for certain. In the struggle for the 
orientation of the First International 
anarchism clashed with Marxism 
which was still being cooked up by 
Marx and Engels. Mikhail Bakunin, 
an anarchist revolutionary and ideo- 
logue of the 1 840's-70's, was quick 
to detect the nature of Marx's ideas. 
Speaking to the International, 
Bakunin said, "I detest communism, 
because it is the negation of liberty, 
and because I can conceive of noth- 
ing human without liberty. I am not 
a communist because communism 
absorbs all the powers of society 
into the state; because it necessar- 
ily ends in the centralization of prop- 
erty in the hands of the state, while 
I want the abolition of the state - the 
radical extirpation of the principle 
of authority and the tutelage of the 
state, which on the pretext of mak- 
ing men moral and civilized, has up 
to now enslaved, exploited, and 
oppressed them." This fifty years 
before the Russian revolution. 

The Soviet Union "ultra demo- 



cratic"? What a load of crap. "So- 
viet democracy" was an incred- 
ible farce. Where is the democ- 
racy in a one party state? Nick 
brings up the Duma election re- 
sults. Much more relevant are the 
results of the election of delegates 
to the constituent assembly in 
which the Socialist Revolutionary 
Party (agrarian socialists with a 
land reform program) won some 
60% of the vote, the Bolsheviks 
garnered less than 30% in what 
was the only vaguely democratic 
election in pre-'91 Russian his- 
tory. The Bolshevik response was 
of course to violently disperse the 
assembly and imprison non-Bol- 
shevik delegates. Of course the 
anarchists fielded no candidates. 

Nick states that Lenin did 
not lead to Stalin and that he sup- 
ports the Soviet Union up to 1 928. 
This is historical wishful thinking. 
Marxist regimes under any leader 
result in authoritarian centraliza- 
tion of power by the state. Lenin, 
Stalin, Mao, Castro, Hoxa, et al 
represent the same trend in stat 
ism. The concentration of power 
by the state at the expense of 
individual freedom and localized 
autonomy and decision making. 
The foundations of Stalin's police 
state were laid by Dzerzhinski's 
Cheka in 1918 not 1928. State 
terror was part and parcel of Bol 
shevism from day one. Stalin 
merely used his bureaucracy to 
perfect this terror to its horrifying 
excess. Check out Medvedev, 
Roy, Let History Judge. Or any of 
Robert Conquest's books on the 
greatterrorandyou'll seethe roots 
of Stalinist oppression are far 
deeper rooted in Marxist thought 
than to be ascribed to Stalin alone. 

Now, I don't even want to get 
started with Nick's views on class, 
nationalism, or music. I've taken 
up enough space discussing an- 
cient Russian history. I urge any- 
one who is interested to read about 
anarchism and its experimental 
application to daily life during the 



Russian and 
Spanish revo- 
lutions. Con- 
tact AK Press, 
Left Bank 
Books, Pro-| 
fane Existence or similar distribu- 
tors of radical literature for read- 
ing material, or stroll down to your 
local university library. Solidarity, 
Felix Havoc/ Havoc Records, 
Code XIII 

P.S. The Bombshelter, Mpls 
premier all ages hardcore venue 
was the scene of a police riot 
during the Terminal Disgust/ De- 
fiance show. Thirteen punks ar- 
rested, eight cops hospitalized. 
1 punks have been charged with 
felony counts of rioting, assault, 
etc. They need your support and 
solidarity. Next court appearance 
is set for August 15. Donations 
are being accepted to help pay for 
the legal representation for the 
punk dependents. Contact Police 
Riot Defense Committee c/o Pro- 
fane Existence, PO Box 8722, 
Mpls, MN 55408. How about do- 
ing a benefit show in your town? 
Fuck the system! 
(editor's note: this was sent in 
before Felix was approached 
about being a columnist, hence it 
doesn't technically violate our 
policy of not letting columnists go 
at each other. 

Reply to Jason Useless 
"Lefty" Hooligan is 
a pseudonym for a pure 
political type, that being 
anti-statist communism, a subset 
of left communism. Also called 
council communism, it comes out 
of the socialist theory and prac- 
tice of Pannekoek, Gorter, Ruhle, 
Barrot, Mattick, et al (check out 
http://www.geocities.com/~john 
gray/index. htm for left commu- 
nism on the web.) I myself have 
somewhat broader politics which 
sometimes slips into the column, 
and I feel comfortable identifying 
with class struggle anarchists, lib- 



ertarian and revolutionary social- 
ists, autonomists and various other 
left-of-left tendencies. With left com- 
munists, I stand for the autono- 
mous self-activity and self-organi- 
zation of the working class, not for 
the unions and political parties that 
claim to represent the interests of 
the working class. 

I work in entirely left commu- 
nist groups, but I also work in 
broader organizations with social 
democrats, Leninists, even (gasp!) 
liberals. This spectrum between a 
"pure" pseudonym at one end and 
my own day-to-day practical poli- 
tics at the other end is important. I 
am highly critical of various ten- 
dencies on the Left, though I have 
and continue to work with many 
individuals and organizations 
whose politics I've trashed in this 
column. Call this a contradiction. I 
call it being realistic. I work with 
folks I don't agree with, and I con- 
tinue to criticize them while still 
engaging in political activism with 
them. For example, I'm extremely 
critical of unionism, which I con- 
sider a dead end, yet I belong to a 
union. I accept incremental reforms 
though I don't settle for them, pre- 
ferring to fight for revolutionary 
changes whenever possible. Aside 
from paying my union dues (and 
working a 40/week prol job I might 
add), I do public transportation ac- 
tivism (anti-BART/bus fare hikes; 
pro self-reduction), some Critical 
Mass support (I don't own a bike), 
some tenant stuff, and other com- 
munity/labor issues in my home 
town, which happens to be Oak- 
land. 

I live in Oakland (a much more 
racially integrated working class 
community than St. Louis I dare 
say), not San Francisco. Please 
don't confuse the two. Oakland is 
near but not the same as San Fran- 
cisco, just as Newark is near but 
not the same as New York. Yes it is 
more expensive to live in the Bay 
Area, which also means that its 
tougher on working class folks to 



make ends meet here. You must 
have only skimmed my book End 
Time, and poorly at that because 
there is a poor black character 
through whom the situation in Oak- 
land is partially viewed. And by the 
way, social revolutions are pure 
spontaneity when compared to the 
stultifying game of electoral poli- 
tics you advocate. My focus on 
middle class college kids in the 
book is so that I can critique those 
politics, not identify with them. For 
the record, I portray them as living 
in a suburban bedroom commu- 
nity outside San Francisco, not a 
high-security compound, and they 
are middle class, not rich. Again, 
some basic reading skills on your 
part would help. 

I have no problem with the 
Zapatistas doing anything they 
want. I do have a problem with 
their knee-jerk supporters (includ 
ing you apparently) claiming that 
what they're doing is socialist or 
revolutionary. It is neither, nor is it 
very bold. Zapata and the armed 
movement he lead after 1 910 was 
far more radical (to the point of 
anarchist communism) than the 
current lot of Zapatistas. In both 
situations the peasants worked "1 6 
hours a day for a few tortillas." The 
difference is that Zapata was a 
revolutionary. The current EZLN 
are not. 

Finally, to social democracy. 
Funny that you held back your 
criticisms until your own political 
ox was gored. Whatever happened 
to that "ecumenical" Leftist solidar- 
ity when it came to defending your 
Leninist-Trotskyist-Stalinist-Maoist 
"brothers and sisters" from my slan 
derous words? Never mind that 
Leninists-in-power have reedu- 
cated, jailed, disappeared, exiled, 
tortured, assassinated, executed 
ormurderedtheirsocial democratic 
"comrades"— people with politics 
just like yours—as predictably as 
sunrise and sunset. In turn I could 
easily continue the historical ex- 
amples of social democratic move- 




merits and re- 
gimes betray- 
ing working 
class militancy 
and social 
revolution be- 
yond Germany 1918 to fill an en- 
ire book. From that history (as 
well as from my own experiences 
from the 1960'stothe present) I've 
concluded that socialism doesn't 
come about through electoral 
means, but through "bold, defiant 
armed" working class "uprising." 
Through revolutionary action in 
other words. By the way, now that 
I've given you a little clue as to 
what I do politically beyond writing 
this column, what the hell do you 
do? Not that tallying up our re- 
spective political involvements 
means much, but you brought it 
up... 
George aka "Lefty" Hooligan 



W 



Dear MRR: 

I was disappointed 
with fellows who claim to 

be punk fans in Japan. 
They are particular about appear- 
ances and have no substance. 

got to know a damn poseur 
in my university recently. He 
seemed to know punk pretty well, 
but it was not at all interesting to 
talk with him. Because he spoke 
of things which appeared on the 
only notorious punk zine in Japan 
called Do// as if they were his own 
opinions. Nothing is more boring 
than a conversation in which I 
recognized a companion's inten- 
tions. How can he swallow the 
articles of Doll when he doesn't 
make sure of the truth of the ar- 
ticle by himself? I said to him 
"What have you created by your- 
self? The whole story is a pure 
fabrication of you!!" 

I feel embarrassed with the 
fact that there's no other punk 
zine except Do//in Japan. So Japa- 
nese punk fans are at the Do//s 
beck and call. What is worse, there 
is no readers' column that come 



under "Letters" of 

Maximumrocknroll in Dolt, and they 
replace the readers' column with 
the "one-sided and passive "Friend 
Wanted" and "Member of Bands 
Wanted". 

Overseas zines like 
Maximumrocknroll and Punk Planet 
surely have a readers' column and 
there is a clash of opinions in it but 
Japanese Doll hasn't these sides. 
Doll is, so to speak, the narrow- 
minded world which the critics who 
are flops of literary means lead by 
the noses. They have hardly 
changed the composition of Doll 
since ten years ago. Nowonderthe 
Japanese punk scene has no fu- 
ture and it is the narrow-minded 
world. What is worse, nobody tries 
to look for a substitute for Doll. 

The fellows who claim to be punk 
fans in Japan are all natives who 
depend on others, listen to the 
records which Doll makes up, and 
stay in a narrow limit named "Ja- 
pan". Why do they never turn their 
eyes to foreign countries? There 
are a lot of overseas records and 
zines which are not distributed over 
Japan on the earth and it's really 
wonderful to study English through 
rock music. In fact I promote cul- 
tural interchange between Japan 
and America (or England) through 
punk rock. 

I don't think I'm a particular 
person but I want to say there are a 
great many means of beaking down 
the Japanese insular feudal soci- 
ety. I was disappointed to see the 
gig of a foreign band. Every Japa- 
nese audiences organize mean 
cliques and hesitated to get ac- 
quainted with others. What do the 
band think of it when they them- 
selves learn of this fact? This is the 
present condition of Japanese punk 
scene. 

The damn poseur who I got to 
know in my university ordered me, 
he said, "If you are a real punk, do 
it this way". I have never said such 
a haughty remark to others. I have 
no right to say such a thing and I 



don't think I will say it to others 
because I'm a student. "Do you 
have a right to say such a thing to 
me when your parents buy you 
those records, DM boots and Flight 
Jacket? How shameful of you to 
depend on your parents!" I re- 
torted to him after I considered 
that he didn't work even part-time. 

And the damn poseur broke 
off his association with me be- 
cause of such a trifling quarrel. 
Although I thought he was slightly 
sympathetic to my objection if he 
understood what is a real punk, 
everybody in Japanese university 
is all coward like him in the end 
Nobody has backbone. Sincerely 
yours, 

Takeru Shimizu/ 2-D, Dai-3 
Inariyama-haitsu/ 1579-15, 
Shimokurata-cho/ Totsuka-ku, 
Yokohama 244/ Japan 

P.S. I'll be very happy if you 
could answer me. 

OHey Tim, 
NickiSicki here (ex- 
Verbal Abuse/Sick Plea 
sure). As you can see I'm in 
prison in Texas on drug charges 
(speed). I'm writing for a coople of 
reasons. First, I had just finished 
up an album with Cheetah from 
the Dead Boys before my arrest. 
I'm having a hard time following 
through with it from here. If you 
know of anyone who may be inter- 
ested please give them my ad- 
dress. It's completely finished and 
on DATs. It just needs to be put 
out. I honestly think it's the best 
stuff either of us have ever done. 
Second if you could put my ad- 
dress in the letters section or 
something, I could use a few pen 
pals. Thanks, Nicki Sicki. 
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THE WIG. 

It was one of those cold April days 
where your breath still hung in the air after 
you finished talking. The sun, along with 
our winter jackets, kept us warm on our 
walk along 34th Street until we reached 
Macy's. As we entered the place, I could 
feel thatstuffy, uncomfortable warmth that 
always seems to hug big department stores 
in the city during the winter. With me was 
my step-dad, Nick, and my mom, Barbara. 
She had only a few months to live because 
of the fast progression of the lung cancer 
she was diagnosed with some months ear- 
lier. She had finished many rounds of 
Chemo, and was now ending her radiation 
treatments at Sloah-Kettering. 

The reason we had ventured to Ma- 
cy's that day was, well, odd. We had gone 
there to buy her a wig. The cancer had 
spread from her lungs, throughout her en- 
tire body, and was now in her head. Her 
brain. This is called metastasis. Nice word 
for an ugly thing. Actually, there are lots of 
nice words that are used with cancer. To 
soften the blow. Wonderful. 

As we walked through the ground 
floor of Macy's toward the rear elevators, I 
could smell all the perfumes and after 
shaves. But somehow, they didn't linger in 
my nose like they usually did. All I could 
smell was the stuffy uncomf ortableness of 
the place. 

We got off the elevator at the third or 
fourth floor and followed the signs to the 
wig department. It was just a couple of 
enclosed glass cabinets adjacent to each 
other, tucked away in a far corner of Ma- 
cy's. 

Behind one of the counters stood an 
older gentleman, and behind him, various 
wigs placed stylishly upon Styrofoam heads 
that were faceless and eyeless. 

The man's smile was warm as he greet- 
ed us. Nick and I smiled back, but my 
mother didn't. There was a woman trying 
on wigs in front of a table top mirror, and 
when she saw us, she turned and smiled. 
We smiled back to her as we watched her 
adjust the wig on her head, with the price 
tag hanging off the back and all. My mom, 
again, didn't smile. 

"It's all right sweetie," said the wom- 
an to my mom, "everything is gonna be all 
right." My mom, with a scarf covering her 



quickly balding head just nodded. 

"You'll get used to it," she added, 
"really, you will." 

I looked at Nick, and he looked at me. 
And we both smiled. But they weren't real 
smiles. They were smiles of fear, and des- 
peration. We didn't know what else to do. 

"Which one should I get?" asked my 
mom to Nick and I. We had trouble under- 
standing what she said at first because her 
tongue was swollen from all the Chemo 
and radiation and stuff. 

We looked at the wall of faceless heads 
for a long time not saying anything. The 
reason my mom had wanted a wig was 
because I had planned a trip to Cancun 
with my brothers, Wendy, Nick and I that 
was to take place in a couple of weeks. I 
figured it would be our last chance to all be 
together, and of course, I was right. I fuck- 
ing hate being right. 

Nick and I and my mom looked at the 
wigs, and to tell you the truth, I had no 
fucking clue which one she should get. 
There were black straight ones. There were 
blonde curly ones. They even had a punk 
rock colored one. Somehow, I didn't think 
my mom wanted that one. 

"Nice wigs, huh?" said the woman in 
front of the table top mirror, "I already 
have a couple, this is going to be my third ! " 

Nick and I just looked at her and 
smiled. My mom seemed off in a daze. 

"It's really not that bad," explained 
the woman, "in fact, your mother can have 
the hair she has always wanted". 

We nodded our heads, and I was 
surprised Nick didn't make any bad jokes. 
I guess it just wasn't one of those days. 

We continued to look at all the wigs, 
lost in our frustration over this insane situ- 
ation. A situation we thought we'd never 
find ourselves in. Ever. 

"Why don't you describe the kind of 
hair your mother used to have?" said the 
woman to me. And to Nick. 

Nick and I began to describe it to her 
as my mom stood there, listening. We ex- 
plained that her hair was brownish-blonde 
and very, very beautiful. As Nick started to 
explain the texture and feel of it, I could see 
his emotions tearing him apart. He knew 
he'd never feel or smell the real stuff again. 
I felt tears welling up in my eyes, and saw 
them in Nick's. 

It was then I think my mom somehow 
snapped out of that cancer-morphine haze, 
and told Nick and I to go shopping, and to 
leave her alone at the wig counter. She told 
Nick to take me to the electronic games 
department, and buy me whatever I want- 
ed. She told us to come back in a little while, 
and she'd be fine. 

Nick and I walked away from my 
mom, the woman with the wigs, and the 
guy behind the counter, feeling very un- 



comfortable. We did not want to leave her 
alone, so we didn't. We just went around 
the corner, and peeked over at her ever few 
seconds. 

I watched my mom try on all sorts of 
wigs. As she would try each one on, she'd 
look in the mirror and brush the hair as if it 
were her own. The man behind the counter 
smiled warmly at her as she brushed the 
various wigs she was trying on. I could see 
in the way that she brushed and stroked the 
hair, that she missed her own, and was 
feeling what it was like to have a full head 
of hair again. I quickly wiped a tear from 
my cheek, hoping Nick didn't see it. 

Finally my mom put on a wig, and 
wore it for more than a few minutes. She 
just kept staring at herself in the table-top 
mirror, and brushing and caressing the 
hair. The man behind the counter just 
smiled, and the woman who was trying on 
other wigs was telling my mom she looked 
great in it. 

Nick and I walked back to the wig 
department and to my mom. When she 
saw us, she smiled A warm smile. A smile 
I'll carry with me forever. On her head was 
a wig that looked exactly like her hair. Only 
it was shorter than she had worn it recent- 
ly. It was the kind of hair style she had 
worn about twenty years earlier. And it 
made her look younger. Like the mom I 
remember when she pushed me on the 
swing set. Or when I sat in her lap. Or when 
she bathed me. The same hair. The same 
mom. She was beautiful. Like a mother. 
She was beautiful. Like a woman. 

I felt a lump begin to rise in the back 
of my throat, and looked at my mom. She 
looked at me, and suddenly I wanted to be 
in her arms. To be hugging her, cradled in 
her warmth. Safe from the world. I wanted 
to be home again. The lump in my throat 
got bigger. My mom looked me in the eyes, 
then put her finger to her lip. And I knew all 
was said that had to be. 

I'll never forget my mom and that 
wig, that cold winter day at Macy's. That 
day my mom had stood up in the face of all 
that was wrong, and had reminded Nick 
and I about pride and courage. She had 
tried on wigs, majestically, and somehow, 
with synthetic material on her head, had 
shown us the true meaning of beauty. She 
took away our uneasiness and fears with 
just the smallest of a smile, and let us know 
that life was worth living. 

Take My Life, Please. 
Endnotes: 

1 .furygeo@aol.com is the e-mail, Tabb, P.O. 
Box 2044, Canal Street Station, New York, 
N.Y., 10013 is the address. 
2. Just got back from The Furious George / 
F. Y.P West Coast Tour. Thanks to the whole 
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Toddie, Stoots, and Sean! Also thanks to 
Rail, a/k/a Chief Swoop n' Cuddle, for 
scamming on our chicks! And to Julie and 
Buster! And no thanks to Jed, ex-F.Y.P, 
who woke us up at 8:30 in the fucking 
morning wanting us to go out and eat 
breakfast, and then missed our set three 
times in a row. Actually, ya gotta love Jed. 
Someone does. 

3. On tour we hooked up with lots of cool 
people. Thanks, in no particular order, to 
Elizabeth and Jared, Sandi and Terresa, my 
pals Josh and Gilbert, Chris and John Cou- 
garConcentratiion Camp, No Fraud, D.B.S., 
my bro - Lloyd Tabb, Timmy and Jen, Tom 
"Shadypunk", the awesome guys who 
work at Gilman, the nice guy at Borderline 
Warehouse in Sunora, Casino Royale - for 
all the free drinks in Vegas, Chuck Smilely 
in Tempe, the folks from Cool Guy Records, 
the sound guy from Circle One in La Puen- 
ta, and the Recess Boy's Choir at Moguls. 
And everyone else I'm sure I forgot! Punk 
Rock. 

4. Great records and zines are pouring into 
my p.o. box. They include The No Com- 
ply/Dy selexics split, featuring Chief Swoop 
n' Cuddle in No Comply on bass, who 
rocks almost as hard as he does in the 
Leeches, and who actually does look better 
in a plastic bag, The Jack Killed Jill CD, My 
pal Doug Cawker's movie soundtrack to 
his film, "Born To Lose", which kicks total 
butt, The Rattlers album, rereleased, The 
Fondled CD, Mr. T's "Big Black Bugs Bleed 
Blue Blood", The Loudmouths new 45, The 
Mute-Ants "Rollin in the Thunder", The 
Connie Dungs newest, The new record from 
Pud, demos from The Assmen from Erie, 
The Shakes, Sewage, and much more. Great 
zines include Annoying Girl, Bigger Isn't 
Better, Genesis, and so much more. 

5. Stand-out tunes I've heard lately include 
"Mentally Retarded" by the Riverdales, 
"Kill The Ramones" by Boris The Sprin- 
kler, "New York City" by F.Y.P, and "Fuck 
You, You Old Man, Go Back To New York, 
Asshole, You Aren't Funny, You Suck, I'm 
Gonna Kick Your Ass" by the Gilman Street 
Choir. 

6. We, Furious George, are gonna be on 
tour Oct-Nov in the south and midwest. 
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Submitted for your approval: Felix 
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N'Roll. 

America, summer, 1983. Growing up 
in a boring and repressive suburban envi- 
ronment a young Felix Havoc discovers 
punk rock music. Having become interest- 
ed in punk rock by picking up clues in 
Creem and Trouser Press a search was 
launched for a real punk rock magazine to 
answer all the aspiring young posers ques- 
tions about hardcore. Following another 
bleak and dreary day of ninth trade in an 
underfunded public high school, young 
Felix Von mounted his trusty skateboard. 
Dodging the preppies, jocks, gangsta's and 
grits who wanted to kick his punk ass Felix 
Von skated across the highway and up to 
the University. On campus was a reason- 
ably hip record shop. Purchased that day 
were several items, 1 . Dead Kennedys-Cal- 
ifornia Uber Alles 7" 2. Vice Sqaud-State of 
the Nation 7" 3. Government Issue-Make 
an Effort 7" and 4. Maximum Rock N' Roll 
issue #9. 

Now many years later I still have 
those three 7"s and a yellowing copy of 
MRR #9. Finally I had found a magazine 
which covered the music I was getting into. 
Someplace to read about a scene I still had 
very little connection to, someplace to or- 
der the records I couldn't find in suburban 
DC. Looking through my old pile of MRR's 
I have to say it was a much better zine back 
then. Bands featured are the bands I still 
listen to and the the political commentary 
seemed more up front. I wish MRR was still 
interviewing Conflict, Wretched, Septic 
Death, Black Flag, the Offenders, Stalin etc. 
and not the host of no-name bands fea- 
tured today. But what can be done to re- 
verse the long downhill slide of hardcore 
punk music since the mid 80's? I have a few 
ideas, and one of them is to write angst 
filled columns in fanzines about the van- 
ished golden age of hardcore music of which 
I was but a minor part. 

By way of introduction I'm 28, from 
Washington DC. I got into Hardcore in 
1983, and participated in the last three years 
of the hardcore scene in DC. I moved to 
Minneapolis in '88 and became active in 
the local punk and anarchist scenes. I wrote 
for MAS, and Profane Existence as well as 
helping out with the Anarchist Youth Fed- 
eration. I sang in the band Destroy and now 
with Code 13. 1 run the Havoc record label 
and distribution. I've been involved with 
booking shows for some time and I'm part 
owner of a punk record store. Most recent- 
ly I have been a columnist for Heart Attack 
fanzine. Since finishing a B.A. in history in 
1991 I have worked full time in construc- 
tion and remodeling, pursuing my music 
and political interests on the side. I am a 
manic record collector. I ride a '67 Tri- 
umph. My sole companion in this life is a 
Doberman Pinchser named Mad Max Von 



Havoc. 

I have been told that I'm allowed to 
criticize MRR in these pages but my criti- 
cism has to be constructive. I will make all 
my observations and criticisms up front so 
that all the cards will be on the table. Firstly, 
MRR in the late 90's is the establishment. 
When hardcore was new and vital MRR 
was the rebellious upstart magazine and 
radio show. MRR played a decisive role in 
internationalizing hardcore in the early 80's. 
An old scenester once told me that '81 was 
for hardcore what '77 was for punk rock. 
As hardcore became a genre of its own with 
a separate identity from punk rock MRR 
was there to document it and give it a 
forum. Most importantly MRR tied togeth- 
er scenes from places as disparate as Okla- 
homa, Finland, Brazil, North Carolina and 
Japan into an "international hardcore 
scene." The most enduring monument to 
this international consciousness is of course 
the MRR Welcome to 1984 compilation 
album. In my opinion the best comp record 
ever and the best thing MRR ever put its 
name on. That record meant a lot to me as 
a 15 year old suburban punk kid and still 
means a lot to me. I don't know who is in 
charge of MRR records these days but not 
much of what they've put out the last eight 
or ten years has caught my attention. Put 
Welcome to 1984 back in print! 

In our era MRR has become pretty pre- 
dictable and rather stale, part or the estab- 
lishment. Despite expanding numerous 
times and increasing in price the content 
seems of much less interest than when the 
zine was a third as thick and cost a buck. 
The sad fact is most people only read this 
magazine for the ads and it's much more 
about commodity than it is about ideas or 
even music. Here I am writing a column for 
a magazine I spend less time reading than 
I do Profane Existence or Hardware. Now, 
how much of this is really MRR's fault? 
Wouldn't it stand to reason that as the 
quantity and diversity of so-called punk 
music has increased while the quality has 
decreased that MRR is forced to become a 
less interesting magazine due to the lack of 
interesting bands and events to cover. We 
have more and more bands putting out 
ever increasing numbers of records with 
less and less to say. A while back Kent 
McClard wrote in a letter actually suggest- 
ing that MRR had grown too established 
and wielded too much power so should 
pack it in. Really not an unreasonable sug- 
gestion. Now that hardcore has risen, fall- 
en, risen again etc. and is no longer the 
brash rebellious form of music it once was 
why not call it a day and clear the field for 
the next wave to come up from under- 
ground. Perhaps this is too radical a view, 
and MRR does still serve as an indispens- 
able link to an international scene especial- 



ly to young kids in small towns or to the 
punks of places like Malaysia and South 
Korea. 

I've noticed that over the years a lot of 
the bands that MRR seemed to support and 
promote later sold out and became com- 
mercial rock bands. Little did MRR know 
when they put the Offspring on the cover 
of issue #89 that they would later become 
an arena rock band. It does seem though 
that MRR has a history of helping launch to 
popularity, fame and fortune personalities 
it later has to criticize. Living first in DC 
and later in Minnesota I've always felt too 
much of the opinion in the underground 
music scene was formed in the Bay Area 
and that bay area bands got way more play 
than more deserving Midwestern bands. 
To this day it seems that bands can form in 
the Bay Area and have and LP out an tour 
the world in the time it takes a band in 
Florida to get a demo out. But then again 
how can we fault the zine for promoting 
the music scene in the town where it is 
produced, and after all there are colum- 
nists from all over hyping the scene in their 
town. I'll do it right now: Twin Cities Hard- 
core! There is still, the feeling that a lot of 
punk in California and New York is phony, 
shallow and fashion oriented while hard- 
core in Iowa or Indiana is more honest and 
real. You could however substitute honest 
and real for clue less and naive and reassert 
the supremacy of New York or LA. 

The most common criticism I seem to 
hear of MRR is about its reviewing proce- 
dures. Some are ticked off that MRR won't 
review certain types of music, certain la- 
bels or certain bands. Others (notably those 
who get bad reviews) feel that MRR re- 
viewers wield too much power. Since so 
many record store buyers base potential 
sales on a records review in MRR they feel 
that a few sentences can make or break a 
bands career. If I was in charge I'd review 
about ten of the records MRR covers every 
month, too much quantity not enough qual- 
ity! And if your musical career can be 
dashed on the rocks by one bad review you 
are playing the wrong music to the wrong 
crowd. Actually if I was in charge MRR 
would be reprinting reviews from 1983 
and '84 and fuck the '90s. 

Consider this, most zines review poli- 
cies are driven consciously or unconsciously 
by advertising dollars. Advertising pays 
the printing and shipping costs 80 it is wise 
not too offend a regular advertiser by giv- 
ing a record bad reviews even if the records 
suck. I get a lot of zines in the mail soliciting 
advertising from my label. Straight up 90% 
or more are infantile twaddle. Fanzines 
were a lot better in the days of manual 
typewriters, letraset rub on letters, rubber 
cement and scissors. Most of the zines I see 
have their review section made up prima- 



rily of review copies sent in by their adver- 
tisers and no surprise the reviews are either 
sickeningly glowing adulations or at least 
noncommittal testaments to how a band 
sounds "good if you like this kind of mu- 
sic." Many zines follow the Thrasher mod- 
el where the amount of coverage your label 
and bands get is directly proportionate to 
the amount of advertising you buy. Buy a 1 / 
4 page ad get your record reviewed, buy a 
1/2 page ad get your band a little interview, 
buy a full page ad get a big interview, buy a 
bunch of ads and the back cover, get your 
band on the front cover. You think I'm para- 
noid and I make this shit up? Look closely at 
all the "slick" zines out there today and tell 
me I'm making this shit up. How much do 
they review that wasn't sent in by advertis- 
ers? MRR, due to a constant backlog of 
advertisers can afford to offend potential 
big time ad spacebuyers and has done away 
with multiple ads, full and half page ads. 
Probably the only zine of its size that has 
such a luxury. What am I talking about there 
is no other zine this size, the Duluth phone 
book is smaller than MRR these days. 

These then are my criticisms and res- 
ervations about MRR. If they don't get me 
axed my first month you'll be hearing more 
from me. 
Summertime, American Riot 

The tableau unfolds before us as it has 
many times in the last twenty years. Swel- 
tering city heat. A crowded punk rock show. 
A hundred or so mostly drunk punk rock- 
ers. Total lack of respect for authority and 
social institutions. A brutal police force itch- 
ing for an excuse. A provocation, followed 
by a massive police assault. Clouds of mace, 
flailing riot batons, panic, punks being beat- 
en and arrested. 

The riot at the Bomb shelter political 
and societal issues as well as events on the 
ground that fateful night. Bryan of Contra- 
science has already written about the riot in 
this forum, and Profane Existence has also 
covered it so no need for a detailed blow by 
blow. 

I was at the show the night of the riot. 
A stupid fight broke out. Disgusted at the 
lack of unity in todays scene I got on my 
skateboard and went home. I live down the 
street from the bomb shelter so it was no 
surprise when I heard sirens moments later. 
I grabbed my camera and ran down the 
street as the first few of forty or fifty police 
rollers showed up. I felt like I was watching 
a rerun of a bad TV program I'd already 
seen ten times. Fight breaks out, neighbors 
call cops, cops break up show, they hate us 
we hate them etc. This was the worst I'd ever 
seen the cops come down in this town. Years 
of resentment was unleashed in a few min- 
utes. Eight cops were hospitalized, ten punks 
arrested and charged with felony counts of 
rioting, assault and so on. As of this writing 



everyone is finally out on bail and court 
cases are proceeding, albeit slowly. Ironi- 
cally the first two cops to show up at the 
bomb shelter, the two who arguably pro- 
voked the whole incident, recently shot and 
critically wounded a 14 year old kid the 
back. Obviously some serious ass-kicking 
rookie storm troopers. I hate the cops more 
than anything else in the world I hate cops. 
Is it no accident that so many punk rock 
songs are about how much the cops suck? I 
could talk at great length about the role of 
the police in enforcing social control, the 
status quo and the class system, but I'll leave 
that for another time. I just plain hate the 
fucking pigs, kill 'em all. 

Readers of my column in Heart Attack 
will know that I like to end my column each 
month with a brief disco graphical essay 
about great bands from the past. Have you 
ever noticed that hardcore started to suck 
just about the same time CD's ware intro- 
duced? leave your CD's and 90's trends 
behind and read about one of the great,' 
furious bands of the 80's: The Offenders 
from Austin Texas. For some unknown rea- 
son Austin spawned several of the best 
American hardcore bands of the early 80'8, 
Big Boys, the Dicks, MDC, DRI, and the 
Offenders. Really I don't know much about 
the offenders, aside from their records and 
some old fanzine interviews. However, tak- 
en on their music and lyrics alone this was a 
truly inspiring and powerful band. The Of- 
fenders started in 1979 with more of a punk 
rock sound, later they played really angry 
fast hardcore. All the Offenders releases 
feature really tight execution, good produc- 
tion and very skilled musicianship. Singer JJ 
had a really great voice and the guitar leads 
were blended well into the music without 
becoming cock rock solos. Always they dis- 
played a knack for writing catchy strong 
riffs, which combined with aggression and 
energy makes for the best hardcore. In 1981 
they released the " Lost Causes / Rockin The 
Town 7" on Suffering Sounds records. Rock- 
in the Town I can live without, but Lost 
Causes is terrific, catchy punk rock on the 
verge of the hardcore era. This ep is now 
very rare, it took me years to find one and it 
wasn't cheap. However, like most old hard- 
core records it has been reissued by Germa- 
ny. Bitzcore did an Offenders 7" titled Fight 
Back which should be easy to find. It in- 
cludes Lost Causes as well as an early ver- 
sion of "I Hate Myself. The Offenders picked 
up the pace and started playing in a very 
aggressive thrash style. In 1983 they release 
We Must Rebel on MDC's Radical records. 
We Must Rebel is a solid 80's hardcore record 
and I personally really like the strong anti- 
authority, think for yourself message in the 
lyrics. After this the Offenders really got 
into high gear with the crucial I hate Myself 
7" on Rabid Cat. This is furiously fast hard- 



core for 1984 regrettably only two songs on kinds of information. We saw a movie using for textbooks or do they refer to it as 

a 7". This is actually a pretty common record, about "having your first period." They TheGoodBook? Schools need to teach the 

and must have been produced in large num- saw naked pictures. Afterwards all the real issues; the ones that really matter to 

bers since I see it alot for around $10. This girls walked out trying to hide boxes of kids living in today's world. At the very 

brings us to the Offenders last and in my Kotex and soft pink pamphlets about least, they could tell the truth and teach 

opinion best record. We Must Rebel came (wo)menstruation while the boys were about reality. Kids are gonna have sex no 

out on Rabid Cat in 1985. Musically and laughing and yelling, "gonad" and "scro- matter what they're told so why not give 

lyrically this is the voice of the disenfran- turn" at each other. I knew righfthen that them something they can use? Like a con- 

chised alienated punk at odds with society, we got cheated. I asked why we were dom for goodness sake! Giving them one is 

Songs like Face Down in the Dirt and Get separated and I was told that boys don't not going to make them use it. Look at their 

Mad are so seething with anger you cant need to learn about periods and pregnan- textbooks. How about teaching that sex 

listen without gnashing your teeth and cy. Well, no fucking wonder so many little does not equal love. And that sex is a lot 

clenching a fist. "Look what you've done to boys are running around makin' bacon more than just vaginal intercourse. That 

me, pushed me down made me bleed, but I when they should be bringing it home to there are not two different kinds of 



am up again, and I'm out to avenge 

Until next month remember what Sav 
age Circle said "Hardcore Rules!" 




support their love children. And it also 
explains boys irrational fear of oral sex and 
periods. Like a little blood is really an 
adequate excuse... Quit yer bitching, you'll 
eat a steak but you won't go down on me? That 



gasms. And that boys have prostates that 
should be manipulated and massaged... 
Girls nipples aren't detachable and 
shouldn't be used as the ON button. And 
that boys have nipples too. Sex may be fine 



I was told that education is the theme 



for the month. And for solidarity and unity and girls. While we care about all women, we 



n' stuff, I could write about education in 
my column. And here I thought I wrote 
about education every month... I suppose, 
offering advice and/or experience and pro- 
viding resources on sex education is not 
enough; I could try maybe focusing on 
education education. Hmm, like what edu- 
cation means to me? And how a mind is a 
terrible thing to waste. And, Queenie, come 



right there is a prime example of what is ifyou'relonely,butmasturbateifyouwant 

to get off. Dicks come when the wind 
blows so it's not that big of a deal. Life 
would be good if girls were taught that 
only 10% of women orgasm through vagi- 
nal intercourse, but that 80% can from oth- 
er activities, primarily, oral sex. So sisters, 
take them ol' home ec. skills and set up a 
table for one. Then hop on up and offer 
your lover a nice spread for a little finger 
lickin' good. It's all you can eat, so don't be 
shy. Go ahead and lick your plate clean, 
just be sure to save room for dessert. 

The best source of information for 
teens was from the Coalition for Positive 
Sexuality (3712 N. Broadway #191, Chica- 
go, IL 60613; (312) 604-1654; cps@posi- 
tive.org). They started with, "We have the 
most important topics for teens who are 



wrong with education in America. 

As I was looking for articles about the 
quality of sex education that's being taught 
in our schools, I came across the following 
article titled, "Public Funding for Single 
Sex Education." Well, alrighty!! I can't 
think of a better way to use our tax money 
than to teach kids how to properly mastur- 
bate!! "At NOW-NYC, we often get requests 
to help solve the problems of individual women 



need to explain that as feminists we try to affect 
societal change that will help all women, not 
only individuals. This proposal asks that we 
help individual girls - the handful of students 
who will benefit. But we are told that this ivill 
remedy an inequity. An all-girls public school 
in Harlem..." 



Allgirlspublicschool!?!? Ifthatwasn't sexually active now or just thinking about 



tell daddy what you learned at school to- back, already in teaching mode, hands po 



day. Well, we learned about sharing and 
naps and fluffy bunny rabbits that make 
me tickle and tell me how the sun rose and 
how you put your penis inside mommy's 
vagina and wiggled and sneezed and out 
came a baby. I learned that I came from my 
inside mommy's tummy and not from un- 
der the freeway like you said. But, how did 
I get inside mommy's tummy? Did she eat 
me? Whydidn'tyoueatme? Andnowthat 
mommy's gone, which of my daddies has 
the vagina? 



dissatisfying as fuck! Here I was laying having sex. It's called, 'just say yes' be 

cause we're tired of people telling us what 
we can and can't do." The information they 
give is practical, straightforward and com- 
prehensive. And they give all the valida- 
tion you could ever want! White, black, 
yellow (which I read is a sign I might have 
hepatitis B), gay, straight, alone; they'll 
validate you and your mama. Not only did 
they give the facts, they offered the alterna- 
tives - masturbation, fantasy, SMBD, veg- 
etables and Internet chat rooms. My main 
criticism is that when it came time to dis- 



sitioned and prepared to educate the fe- 
male masses on the many benefits of single 
sex. I fantasized about the strength and 
power girls would gain from learning to 
take back control of their own sexual plea- 
sure. And about the self-respect and worth 
they would feel as they became more inti- 
mately acquainted with theirbodies. Learn- 
ing how to orgasm would definitely bridge 
the gap that so many girls have between 
intercourse and sexual pleasure. I cele- 
brated that society finally realized the im 



cuss pregnancy and abortion, all of a sud- 
My first formal introduction to sex portance of teaching girls economic self den, they were only addressing girls and 
education was when I was in fifth grade, sufficiency as opposed to "finding your their rights and responsibilities. Last time 



Prior to that, I received a little informal betterhalf". Andwhenlthoughtthearticle 
training from some of my peers that uti- wasstatingthatteachingmasturbationwas 
lized a more "hands-on" approach. The sex powerful enough to remedy an inequity, I 
ed classes that were taught at my school just about came myself! But I forgot that 
were so chaste and benign, only through logical is never their answer. Oh well, it 



hindsight did I realize we were learning 
about sex. I don't even think they used the 
words penis or vagina. I think they said 
"member" or "part" like they were roles in 
a musical. Girls and boys were first sepa- 
rated and then taught completely different 



was a nice visit to fantasy land. 

The sex education that kids get today 
is for shit! Abstinence? Marriage? These 
are the only options I get? Talk about com- 
pulsory heterosexuality and right wing 
family values propaganda... What are they 



1 respc 
I checked, it takes two to tango. If babies 
were made without the active participa- 
tion of boys, do you really think there'd be 
so much teenage pregnancy?! Absolving 
boys of their responsibilities and even their 
usefulness in these situations is even more 
fucked up than telling them to wait until 
marriage. But CPS did do a much better job 
than the rest and they did end with the all 
important rule, "Don't get blood or cum in 
a wound." At least that shows progress. 



.':^'»v 



I won't even go into the inequities in 
educational opportunities and lack of en- 
couragement girls receive in elementary 
school or even sexual discrimination in 
higher education. That's for another time. 
Til then, think about all you learned in 
school and do just the opposite. At the very 
least, question why you think the way you 
think. Then go play hard. And masturbate 
while you're at it, unless you're still hun- 
gry- 




Continued from last issue, the inter- 
view of Dick Russell, author of "The Man 
Wlio Knew Too Much", by Dave Emory. 
DE: Hello my name is Dave Emory we're 
visiting with Dick Russell, the author of 
"The Man Who Knew To Much," one of the 
most voluminous and one of the very best 
books about the assassination of President 
Kennedy. It deals with the Byzantine intel- 
ligence career of Richard Case Nagell, an 
individual who had worked for U.S. intel- 
ligence, probably Soviet Intelligence as well, 
and who had infiltrated the milieu that was 
plotting against President Kennedy, osten- 
sibly on behalf of U.S. intelligence, but 
perhaps, on behalf of Soviet intelligence in 
order to prevent the assassination, which 
Soviet Intelligence had apparently found 
out about it. That is the impending assassi- 
nation. Ah, Dick, you were talking about 
the last stages of your relationship with 
Richard Case Nagell. You had begun a 
relationship with him, a professional rela- 
tionship in 1975, that had been interdicted, 
you had not spoken to him in a long time. 
You wrote this huge and excellent book 
about Richard Case Nagell, and I also I 
should add, much of the rest of the ele- 
ments that figure in the Kennedy assassi- 
nation story. He had not apparently re- 
ceived not only the book but your corre- 
spondence with him. Several years after 
the book was published, or a couple of 
years after the book was published was still 
unaware that thebookhad been published. 
Could you pick of the story at the point 
please. 

DR: Yeah, well I , I said I'd really like to see 
you again in Los Angeles, and I said I'm 
coming out there shortly, and working on 
a article and would like to get together and 
hear what you think of the book if you have 



a chance to pick it up, and he agreed to do 
that. And when I went to L.A. and tried to 
reach him, again I didn't have a phone 
number for him, just a P.O. box, and he 
called and I was out and said he that he 
would not be able to see me. I then got a 
message on my machine, back in Boston, 
that he was told not to see me, by whom he 
did not say. When I was in L.A., I still 
hoped to sit down with him again, and then 
in the fall of 1995, 1 went to Washington to 
speak at a conference on the Coalition On 
Political Assassinations and the Assassina- 
tion Records Review Board which is cur- 
rently reviewing under mandate of Con- 
gress all of the existing records on the as- 
sassination was there. I spoke with them 
about Nagell, they were aware of my book 
and they finally decided, yeah, okay, this is 
important, we are going to issue a subpoe- 
na for this man's records and try to see him, 
and so they did. And I got a call, I think it 
was a Friday, from a journalist in Los Ange- 
les, telling me that Richard Case Nagell 
had been found dead in his home, in the 
Echo Park section of L.A., and apparently 
had been dead for a few days. His body was 
discovered on the very day that the sub- 
poena from the review board arrived. So, 
needless to say, I was rather upset about 
this, and felt perhaps I, my talking to the 
review board, and talking about him again 
publicly may have contributed to this, I 
didn'tknow. I spent considerable time look- 
ing in to it, trying to see what had hap- 
pened. I was in touch with members of his 
family and an autopsy was performed and 
it was determined that there had been a 
heart vattack as the cause of death. His 
body was then cremated so that's all we 
have, that autopsy report. Of course, many 
of your listeners may be aware that one can 
induce heart attack, it's not impossible. 
Intelligence agencies have been doing it, 
the Soviets know how to do it, the Ameri- 
cans know how to do it, so I would class his 
death as one of those mysterious deaths of 
which there are many in the history of 
years since the Kennedy assassination. And 
I don't know at this point if we will ever 
know the full story of what he knew. He 
had indicated to me that if he died, when he 
died that he made arrangements for certain 
information to come out. It never has, and 
I think I would have been aware if some- 
body had it, though at this point I'm not 
hopeful that we'll ever know too much 
more than what I've put in my book, except 
maybe there will be some additional infor- 
mation about him released in the files that 
are coming out. 

DE: It certainly would be great if some of 
that information did come out, but then 
again I don't share your optimism. I share 
your pessimism I should say in that partic- 
ular regard. We should also note in passing 



that intelligence agencies and now quite a 
few private groups have the capability of 
using toxic agents which will simulate any 
number of apparently natural causes of 
death and then disappear without a trace. 
DR: That's true. 

DE: That's one of the things that makes 
researching a political assassination within 
the context of the intelligence community 
extremely difficult. People do die of heart 
attacks, strokes, cancers etc, yet their Free- 
dom of Information Act documents indi- 
cating all of those modes of apparently 
natural death, can be simulated by toxic 
agents that are deployed by intelligence 
services. Back into the background of Rich- 
ard Case Nagell, one of the organizations 
that he operated for in the Far East and this 
will be a jumping off point for a discussion 
of some of the international right-wing con- 
nections, you discuss, apparently a very 
powerful though largely unrecognized 
military intelligence unit called Field Op- 
eration Intelligence. Can you tell us more 
about that. 

DR: Yes, Field Operation Intelligence, or 
FOI, was a top, top secret arm of military 
intelligence in the Far East during the 1950's, 
and maybe later, um, Nagell was attached 
to this unit. It was involved in political 
assassinations and counterfeiting money, 
he was stationed in Japan and in South 
Korea, with this unit, and I'd only seen one 
other reference to it in anything that has 
ever been published and that was just sorta 
of just an obscure footnote in a book called, 
"The Secret War", that came out in 1962. 
Which indicated that FOI had something to 
do with the Berlin tunnel operation back in 
the 50's. But nobody ever said anything 
about it, other than that, and I was able to 
track down a man in his 80's, a Colonel 
John Stanley, who had commanded FOI 
back in the 50's, so both he and one of his 
subordinates did verify its existence and 
Nagell wrote about FOI at some length in 
his filings, in his lawsuit against the mili- 
tary, in the U.S. Court of Claims. So it was 
a real organization it was very shady, it was 
involved with South Korean intelligence 
operatives as well, all in operations direct- 
ed against the Communists, Russia, China, 
North Korea and so on. 
DE: One of the people that you discuss as 
being heavily involved with covert intelli- 
gence operations in the Korean conflict and 
in the Pacific theater and one of the individ- 
uals whose names who winds through your 
discussion of "The Man Who Knew Too 
Much," is Major General Charles Willough- 
by, a name that has not very well known to 
people but an individual who has figured 
very prominently in the history of Ameri- 
ca, in the second half of this century, could 
you tell us more about him. 
DR: Yeah, Charles Willoughby was the 



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chief of intelligence for General Douglas 
Mac Arthur both in W.W.II and the Korean 
War period. He had been born in Hidle- 
berg, Germany and his real name, original 
name was Scheppe Vedenbach and, he had 
come to the United States with his parents 
when he was young, risen to prominence 
in the military and he has been written 
about, although no full biography has been 
done on him, but in a number of books and 
it's very, very clear from other authors who 
have looked at his life and from the files 
that I got out of the MacArthur library that 
this man was indeed a fascist, that he had 
been very close to people like Franco in 
Spain, very involved with the international 
right-wing all over the world, particularly 
in Germany, as well as the Far East. I will 
tell you this strange story which I mention 
briefly in the book. Back in 1975, when I 
first started writing about the assassina- 
tion and I had a piece in the Village Voice, 
a big cover story, I got a letter, an anonynous 
letter, from someone who said that I should 
examine the career of a man named Schep- 
pe Vedenbach and that this was really the 
mastermind behind the Kennedy assassi- 
nation. Well, at the time, I thought this 
letter was some kind of kook or something, 
I mean, Scheppe Vedenbach was a very 
weird name, I had never heard of Charles 
Wiloughby. It was only many years later, 
when I began further research into what 
we are talking about now, that I came to 
discover that Scheppe Vedenbach was Wil- 
loughby's original name. So unfortunate- 
ly, I never followed up with the opportuni- 
ty to put a classified ad in the Village Voice 
and continue communicating with this fel- 
low, whoever he was, but obviously it was 
somebody who knew something. 
DE: Again Willoughby/Vedenbach was an 
individual who was in charge of military 
intelligence for Douglas MacArthur 
throughout W.W.II and well into the Kore- 
an War and he was an ardent admirer of 
Francisco Franco and had a lot of connec- 
tions. MacArthur, excuse me, himself de- 
scribed him as my "very own fascist" on 
two occasions. You discuss in "The Man 
Who Knew Too Much," a number of Mac- 
Arthur staffers, or former MacAarthur staff- 
ers whose names whined through the mi- 
lieu of American reactionary politics and 
the Kennedy assassination investigation as 
well, people like William Potter Gail, Gen- 
eral Vulner Fellers, Albert Wedemeyer, 
could you tell us something about this 
MacArthurmilieuthatwinds through your 
narrative. 

DR: Yeah well, there was apparently a 
wholecrew of military guys, many of whom 
retired who had very extreme right-wing 
views. Interestingly, a lot of them hooked 
up including Willoughby, with a mysteri- 
ous group headquartered in Pennsylvania 



called the Skickshinny Knights of Malta, 
and through this organization which was 
set up by a guy who had been very high up 
I think in Hitler's Germany, originally. They 
stayed in contact and not too much was 
known about them to this day. There is 
another group called the Knights of Malta 
which was Catholic in orientation which 
included a lot of big intelligence people 
also, but the Shickshinny knights was a 
offshoot, it was something else it didn't 
have a direct ties with the Vatican or any- 
thing, Willoughby and a lot of these guys 
were part of it. So in the book I traced sort 
of the connections between people like 
William Potter Gail out in California who 
was very involved with the Minutemen 
and Cuban exiles and their ties to Wil- 
loughby, and Willoughby's ties in turn to 
some Cuban exiles whose names have come 
up as having known something about the 
assassination. Willoughby was very well 
connected guy, he was in correspondence 
with Allen Dulles who did quite a bit in the 
50'sand 60's., when Allen Dulles was the 
head of the CIA, he was very close to Billy 
James Hargis, who was a right-wing evan- 
gelist. I mean there is whole network that 
also extends overseas into Germany and 
elements of Hitler's Germany that had gone 
on to actually work for the CIA. As I'm sure 
you're aware, after the war the agency and 
the military recruited a number of Hitler's 
top intelligence people including Reinhard 
Gahlen, to work for them. 
DE: Yes, and the milieu of Willoughby and 
many of the organizations would overlap 
each other also overlap the Gahlen organi- 
zation and related elements. One of the 
things you discuss in connection with Wil- 
loughby and Dulles, is that Willoughby's 
recommendation, apparently something 
that was implemented, that American ser- 
vice people and their families overseas sta- 
tioned in Germany, specifically could be 
targeted for psychological warfare and con- 
verted to the far right-wing cause. 
DR: Yeah, that book came up in a meeting 
in April of 1963, of a lot of these folks in 
Washington D.C., where Willoughby 
spoke. Another of the speakers was Ed- 
ward Hunter. Hunter was supposedly a 
journalist but in fact was the guy who 
coined the term 'brainwashing' back dur- 
ing the Korean War period, when all fin- 
gers were pointed at the North Koreans 
and the Communists as having come up 
with these new techniques that could mess 
up people minds. But in fact Hunter was 
working for the CIA all the time as a propa- 
ganda specialist and continued to be oper- 
ating this way right up to the time of this 
meeting in 1963, so you had this element 
too coming into this milieu. 
DE: This was the Anti-Communist Liason? 
DR: Yes, it was called the Anti-Communist 



Liason, there were a number of groups 
under different banners that came togeth- 
er, of course they were all rabidly anti 
Communist and extreme right-wing posi- 
tions, hated Kennedy, hated Castro, thought 
we should nuke the Soviet Union, all these 
kind of things. 

DE: One of the things we should note, not 
only were these groups right-wing, and in 
many cases Fascist, with a capital F, dating 
back to Nazi Germany in many cases, but 
these organizations also overlapped, al- 
though were not co-terminous, with ele- 
ments of the National Security Establish- 
ment. Meaning the military and intelli- 
gence community. I think that's an impor- 
tant point to underscore, because these 
weren't just "right-wingers" or even quote 
"fascists", but actually had connections to 
very powerful elements of the military and 
intelligence community. You analyze a 
number of different organizations which 
overlap each other, and in turn, the Nation- 
al Security Establishment, and which in 
turn intersect with and comprise an inter- 
national fascist underground. One of the 
organizations Willoughby was heavily in- 
volved with and that fits into this mosaic, is 
something called the ICDCC, the Interna- 
tional Committee for the Defense of Chris- 
tian Culture. Could you tell us a little bit 
about that....? 

DR: Well, let me try and remember now, 
there's so many different groups I wrote 
about in this book, and it's been a few 
years, and I don't think I knew too much 
about that at the time but it seems like the 
International Committee for the Defense of 
Christian Culture was eventually run by 
the son of H.L. Hunt.... 
DE: Nelson Bunker, right? 
DR: That would be Nelson Bunker Hunt, 
and he was in close touch with Willough- 
by, and there are letters that exist in the 
MacArthur archives, going back to the 50's, 
and letters, correspondence between the 
Hunts and Willoughby. There was one for 
example, in 1967, and we can talk more 
about the Hunt family in Texas, but there 
was a letter in '67, that when the Garrison 
investigation was going on and looked like 
it might point a finger to the Hunts as have 
having something to do with the assassina- 
tion, they were writing back and forth to 
Willoughby about finding a way to put it 
out that the comparison between Soviet 
assassinations of the past and Lee Harvey 
Oswald, and specifically a case involving a 
guy B. Stachinsky, who murdered a guy 
named Stefan Bandera, coincidenta lly most 
likely on the very day Oswald arrived in 
the Soviet Union back in 1959. 
DE: Bandera, by the way, was a Ukranian 
Fascist who was heavily involved with this 
intelligence and international milieu we're 
talking about. 



DR: Yes, he was. 

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What to write about now? This col- 
umn will be dedicated to defining what 
and what isn't "punk". Just kidding. How 
about I talk about my favorite LPs of the 
last couple years, and you fall asleep at a 
more decent hour? I'm notoriously slow to 
listen to new records (two decades, in some 
cases), even ones I purchase and that sit in 
front of the stereo. The result is that what I 
consider "new" may have come out last 
year or the year before, not last month- 
Sorry, I don't have the MRR listening room 
at my disposal. I think the theme of this 
issue is EDUCATION... step into the class- 
room, my faithful disciples. 

First up we have the STALLIONS 
"Hey Baby, It's The Stallions" LP (Junk). 
Two guitars make for some hefty sounds, 
and the drums sound pretty cheap... just 
the way I like 'em. The bald-headed vocal- 
ist Rick Hall belts it out with much fervor (I 
love those "1, 2, 3, 4s" no matter who's 
singing) and the occasional female back-up 
screams make it twice as nice. The originals 
are as good or better than the covers, some 
60s, some 70s. 

Following close on the heels of the 
Stallions is Cincinnati's Boy Scout troop 
gone wrong: THE SLOBS. Their "Down 
The Tubes" LP (Centsless) is quite a stamp- 
er. I'm always a sucker for strong first 
songs, and this LP has 'em. There's a bit of 
Insults-type singalong going on in "Public 
Nuisance", and that scores points with me. 
I've further enamored by the recording 
mecca that is the Slobs basement. Aside 
from this fine LP, other great singles by 
Archie & The Pukes and Nashville Pussy 
(to name a couple) were recorded within 
those hallowed walls. A touching love scene 
graces the front cover. 

When someone mentions Norway, 
the first thing that comes to mind is decid- 
edly not rock & roll babylon, but TUR- 



BONEGRO is changing all that. Their piti- 
fully named "Ass Cobra" LP (Boomba) 
first hit my ears in Australia, and I was 
changed forever. L-O-U-D guitars and some 
of the dumbest lyrics available on plastic 
make for a winning formula. Sympathy 
finally got around to issuing the CD, but it 
lacks the simple joy of the full-size poster of 
the hirsute singer. Yeah, baby! All of this 
combined with their recent live shows have 
me firmly planted in the Turbonegro fan 
club. Lots of denim and bad make-up and 
the inimitable ass candle finale is the icing 
on this cake of an LP. Too bad we worthless 
Americans have to scramble so hard to find 
the vinyl, and the it's a pity that Happy 
Tom and crew have to scramble to get paid 
from the label. Anyway, you can find some 
photos of my award-winning photos from 
their recent stop tour on the web. Go to: 
www.urbekah.com/busykids/turbo.htm 

Imagine my chagrin when I saw my 
friend Boris buying a Kill Rock Stars re- 
lease. I didn't go so far as to reconsider my 
friendship with him, but I had to ask: "what 
ARE you doing with that, that Peechees 
LP? What kind of a man desecrates a mean- 
ingful friendship? All right, MISTAH 
Peechee, why don't you tell me... no better 
yet, stand up and tell the entire record 
store. What do you wanna do with your 
life?" I apologize. I find myself reliving 
vintage Twisted Sister videos WAY too 
often. The long and short of it is that Boris 
would eventually prove me to be wrong, 
terribly wrong. The PEECHEES "Do The 
Math" LP (Kill Rock Stars) is one of the 
finest LPs I've heard in years. A perfect 
combination of great beats, whiney Doc 
Dart vocals, and angst all balled up into 
one lovely surprise package with an arty 
cover. When they came through town, the 
singer just didn't jive with the image I had 
in my head. The guitarist claimed to own 
the town, but the sound was too terrible for 
poor Carlos to even lay out a down pay- 
ment. They wanted to be Nation of Ulysses, 
but it was not in the cards. The live show 
was a disappointment, but the LP is so 
great that I can forget and forgive. I haven't 
heard their new LP yet. Public praise for 
Kill Rock Stars... what did you put in my 
drink, mate? 

Something's happened in France since 
I went there years ago. I didn't see any rock 
& roll. All I got was rude looks even when 
I TRIED to speak the language. Je ne parle 
pas francais, motherfucker? I like cheese, 
but not at EVERY damn meal. Bands like 
Splash 4 and the Gorgons began to change 
my feelings about the culture, but it was the 
NO-TALENTS "100% No-Talent" LP that 
got me eating crepes again. Vocals of the 
shrieking female variety has had me cring- 
ing lately, but this pig-tailed Frenchie has 
me howling for more. She ain't no wife, she 



wants whip cream, her baby's a midget 
(cover). . . I AM THERE. The guitar is cranked 
to 11. There's some crossover players in a 
number of these French bands which means 
one band just ain't enough for some of 
these creative types. The LP jacket wins the 
Testosterone Stimuli Award for 1997 (I start 
talking like Austin powers every time I 
glimpse it), and the swank ghtter vinyl 
scores big points with me. 

In the not-so-recent department, we 
have the MAKERS self-titled LP (Estrus). 
I'm not sure why this, their third LP, is self- 
titled instead of the first, but what the hell. 
I have listened to this a hundred times by 
now, and it ain't gettin' old. In your face all 
the way... you hear the spit hit the micro- 
phone, you can see the crowd jigglin, and 
eventually see a fist come for your face. 
Yes. The sixties truffler types feel this LP is 
shit, but the 70s punk rock aficionados can 
only scream for more. One disgraceful as- 
pect of this LP is the cover. The middle 
finger imagery makes me want to kill Art 
Chantry every time I look at it. Oooooh, so 
punk. Boring, boring, boring. A fist 
would've been better since I've seen more 
of those fly at Makers shows than the mid- 
dle finger. The Makers' more recent LP 
"Hunger" is also quite good, but I don't 
think it packs the same punch. 

One record that I listened to, liked, 
but sold to a friend and dreadfully regret- 
ted doing so was the friggin' HELLACOP- 
TERS "Supershitty To The Max" LP (White 
Jazz). As I recall, 'twas a full-on, guitar- 
driven rager with the very occasional lull. 
The folks at White Jazz seem intent on 
torturing those of us who long to own the 
damn LP... are ya'll a RECORD label or 
what? Let the kids consume. Since I don't 
have the damn LP in front of me, I'll have to 
leave my description at that. 

Last and certainly not least is the 
DONNAS LP (Super Teem). When this 
first appeared on my doorstep, I just filed it 
away under "over-hyped stupid lo-fi shit a 
la Brentwoods that I'll sell for $20 in two 
years" or perhaps trade for a GOOD record 
somewhere down the line. At some point, 
I needed to fill some blank tape space, so I 
cracked it open and was tarn asunder by 
the cranked Ramones guitar, the 50s girly 
group vocals, the back-up cheer leading, 
the naughty teen lyrics. And it keeps get- 
ting better with every listen. Where were 
these girls when I was in high school? 
Totally cheesy at times, and I can't get 
enough. Highlights include "We Don't Go" 
and "Get Rid Of That Girl". Though the LP 
has been repressed, it still seems to be 
pretty elusive. I figured the Radio X / 
Super Teem crew would have taken a cue 
from the recent Supercharger bootleg im- 
broglio, but it looks like this ain't the case. 
My bet is on an unauthorized repress five 



Cpiwyte 



years down the line by some enterprising 
young man in the American Northwest. 
That is all. 



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WITH NICK FITT 



School began again last week. Lucki- 
ly it's my last year. I'll probably go to 
college just to check it out, but mainly I 
want an industrial job. Union protection 
and all. Plus I get to work with people who 
have a basic idea of how capitalism works 
and have the power to shut society off like 
a switch. 

The first day of school was a half day. 
It wasn't really like school, but rather a 
kind of hanging out to see people I hadn't 
seen in a while and say hello to some teach- 
ers that I like. 

Friday was interesting. Every year, 
our principal gets up to act like he cares 
about us and tell us some new rules and 
any new violations of our civil rights. This 
year we have cameras at every exit. In the 
midst of this he started saying "I think of 
Attleboro High School as a small commu- 
nity and I believe we can solve all of our 
problems in this community. Last year we 
had some troublemakers going off to the 
local media to solve their problems. Hope- 
fully we won't have any of that foolishness 
this year." 

For those of you who don't follow my 
column regularly, last year I was thrown 
out of school for wearing an anti-nazi patch 
in school. After getting some free help from 
the ACLU (no my parents aren't poor, but 
they can't afford lawyers... besides, pover- 
ty isn't glory) I got back into school and 
immediately ran screaming to the papers, 
radio and television like the little media 
whore that I am. I made the Attleboro 
administration look like a bunch of assh- 
oles. 

Also, on a door at school for a year has 
been "That kyke faggot Nick Fitt is fucking 
dead." This was an opportunity to bring 
this up to Grandmaster Roger Rouselle. 

I have an interesting relationship with 
my principal. I have no respect for him. 
That is not odd in and of itself. What is, is 
the fact that I make absolutely no attempt 
to conceal how much I hate him. I bad- 
mouth him openly and regularly on Attle- 
boro radio stations, classrooms, editorials 
I and to his face. 



"Hey Roger." I say. I do call him 
Roger. He never says anything about it. 

"Yes?" He looks at me piercingly. 

"On the door near the third floor caf- 
eteria there has been a racial and sexual 
slur on me for more than a year. I want it 
down tommorrow or we're going to have a 
problem." 

He promises to have it down. 

So why am I saying all this? To illus- 
trate a point. The administration of my 
school doesn't fuck with me very much 
anymore. I took their shit freshman year 
when I was suspended for calling a kid a 
dirty nazi pig and "antagonizing" him to 
send me a death threat. I was thrown off of 
Student Council (I was President... it was 
bizarre) for having a girlfriend eight years 
my senior. I decided not to take it anymore 
and so did my parents. We get into lots of 
fights like any other parent and their kids, 
but I've come to like them on some level 
and we can work together. Organized with 
the support of the student body I have 
resisted all their other attacks on me. Their 
attacks on me these days take the form of 
petty little insults like the one listed above 
(which I have alerted the media about, 
since Roger seems to like them so much.) 

Now let me switch gears a bit. I visit- 
ed the UPS strike quite a bit over the sum- 
mer to sell the organ of the Socialist Work- 
ers' Party and the Young Socialists The 
Militant and recruit young workers to the 
Young Socialists. The UPS strike, while 
somewhat skewed by the bueracracy of the 
Teamsters Union, was led by a bunch of 
people who were sick of taking shit. They 
are showing a way for people like them- 
selves to stand up and say "Fuck you. You 
made a billion dollars last year, you can 
give all of us a few thousand, and even if 
you can't that's not my fucking problem" 
They're kicking ass, taking names and tell- 
ing others how to do it. 

Now while I don't think that what I'm 
doing has the caliber of the UPS strike, I do 
think that the difference is one of quantity 
and not of quality. Lots of other youth in 
my school were impressed by what I did 
and said that they weren't going to take 
any more attacks from the high school brass. 
From a young woman who refused to pay 
for books stolen from her due to a defective 
locker to a young Laotian who told the 
principal what a racist he was for having 
him remove his jacket while a wall of white 
kids had theirs on, young people at my 
school are fighting back. I don't think that 
it's because of me solely. But I do think that 
what I have done is show people that you 
can fight and you can win. 

Everything that workers have today 
is due to fighting. The boss didn't come 
down on the line and tell workers that they 
were doing a good job and did they want a 



union. Workers got a union illegally and 
kicked some ass. Affirmative action, the 
right to choose, welfare, unemployment 
insurance and social security were all won 
by battles- some peaceful some bloody. But 
the fact is that they were won. 

As you all re-enter school this Sep- 
tember I would like to give you some ad- 
vice and praise. If you are fighting I com- 
mend you. The world needs people like 
you. If you aren't I'm not going to sit here 
and badmouth you. What lam going to say 
is that there is a need for resistance. You can 
fight and you can win. It is much better to 
die on your feet than live on your knees. 
ENDNOTES: 

1. 404A South Main Street, Attleboro, MA 
02703. Send me the stuff you want. 

2. OK... people I'm looking for may have 
disappeared. One last time if Christine Nab- 
hani is out there and alive or you know her 
tell her to get ahold of me. 

3. My band, Waste of Space, is not punk or 
hardcore or anything that you'll like. Un- 
less you like all kinds of power pop bands 
that sing about girls and rock out and dance 
around all stupid onstage. We're even get- 
ting a Moog player! Call Ike Biznatch to 
have us play your town 508-222-5361. Or 
write to 37 Fisher Ave, Attleboro, MA 02703. 



HALL 
DEAL 



At the risk of sounding like a fucking 
thirtysomething old-school punk, which I 
am, slam-dancing ain't what it used to be. 
Not only does the dim-witted '90s version 
of slamming, "moshing, " not require punk, 
it makes slamming look like a Merchant- 
Ivory flick. 

One of moshing's recent poster child 
victims is 18-year-old Christopher Mitch- 
ell, who, during a December 1994 concert 
at the L' Amour heavy-metal club in Brook- 
lyn, either dove headfirst into the floor or 
got shoved off stage by a bouncer, depend- 
ing on whom you ask. No matter who tells 
the story, though, the fact remains that 
Mitchell hemorrhaged into the space be- 
tween his brain and his skull. The next day, 
he was as dead as disco, except more so. 

The bouncer, James Gheida, went on 
trial for second-degree manslaughter and 
criminally-negligent homicide. 

Also during 1994, two young men 
were turned into quadriplegics as a result 
of moshing-related injuries, according to 
Chicago-based Crowd Management Strat- 



egies. At Woodstock '94 alone, there were 
7,000 injuries. Not even the performers are 
safe anymore — in October the lead singer 
of the admittedly lame band Silverchair 
got knocked unconscious while diving off- 
stage at a concert in Australia. Instead of 
catching him, his "fans" let the guy plunge 
to the floor. Then they crushed him and 
tore his pants off. Also in '95, singer/song- 
writer/weirdo drowning victim Jeff Buck- 
ley dove into the mosh pit last year and got 
his fucking wallet stolen! 

The irony is, in the day (that's what 
old folks say, right?), punk saved my life. 

One afternoon during my first month 
of high school, my friend Robert and I 
stopped by our neighborhood Alligator 
Records store in Kettering, Ohio. The place's 
owner was a bear-like, easy-going guy 
known for his excellent stock of imports. 
Robert and I already liked the Police, the 
Clash, Blondie, Devo, Iggy Pop — typical 
New Wave stuff. On this particular day in 
the fall of 1978, the Alligator guy dispatched 
us to a private listening booth with a stack 
of new singles fresh from the UK. 

The fourth or fifth disc — Robert and I 
still argue about this pivotal moment — 
was the Dead Kennedys's single "Califor- 
nia Uber Alles." When the lead singer, Jello 
Biafra, belted out, "NOW it is 1984 /Knock- 
knock on your front door/It's the suede- 
denim secret police/They have come for 
your uncool niece," halfway through the 
stripped-down anthem to then-California 
governor Jerry Brown, Robert and I looked 
at each other. We didn't say anything for 
what seemed like ages. But like a trailer- 
park denizen seeing Virgin Mary in a Hap- 
py Meal, we knew that our lives had just 
changed forever. We were 15. 

Where the Sex Pistols and Sham 69 
sang for disaffected British kids in London 
housing projects, the DKs and punk bands 
like them crafted a sonic political assault 
for suburban American kids like me. Most 
importantly, they opened my mind to 
countless other groups with a mixed mes- 
sage of alienation and three-chord, three- 
minute fun. I learned about sexual politics 
from X-Ray Spex and the Avengers, kitsch 
culture from the Ramones and the Dickies 
and postmodernism from Wire and the 
Buzzcocks. 

It's hard to explain the visceral thrill 
of a few choice chords played really fast 
behind some intelligent, angry, funny lyr- 
ics. For the first time in my life, I heard 
other people express my resentment and 
frustration with the world. I felt like part of 
a community. Punk was a filter, too — you 
couldn't hear it on the radio. You had to go 
out of your way to search it out; if you were 
into such proto-Boomer bands as the Grate- 
ful Dead, you probably weren't very inter- 
esting anyway. On numerous occasions the 



existence of these records and their implicit 
existence of an audience for smart fun dis- 
suaded me from suicide. 

I attended my first punk concert, a 
multiple-bill extravaganza featuring the 
Dead Kennedys, in 1981. The crowd was an 
eclectic mix of spiky-haired poseurs, blue- 
collar types and scrawny college geeks like 
me. The crowd was multiracial, and the 
gender mix was roughly two men for every 
one woman. 

Concertgoers, male and female, 
swirled around the foot of the stage where 
punk's PreFab Four held court and spewed 
anti-corporate invective, shoving each oth- 
er around in a brisk, good-natured way. The 
more ambitious types jumped on stage, 
shared the mike with Jello for a few lines 
and dove off the stage. Most of the time, 
we'd catch them. Sometimes, we didn't, but 
that was an accident. Whenever anyone fell, 
the dancing stopped until the person could 
be pulled up. No one moved until it was 
obvious that he or she was okay. It was 
aggressive without being violent. 

I slammed my way through hundreds 
of punk gigs through the '80s, and aside 
from ringing ears and a small patch of miss- 
ing hair where some asshole's Docs used 
my head as a springboard to the stage, never 
suffered any physical injuries. The worst 
incident I ever witnessed was a possible 
broken hand from a stage diver who landed 
badly. 

Around 1988, there was a noticeable 
shift in the makeup of the crowds. Punk 
shows started attracting jocks and frat-boy 
types who thought of slamming as playing 
f ootbal 1 to music. Women disappeared from 
the pits. Drinking and pot-smoking became 
more and more prevalent. At New York's 
Beacon Theatre, these misguided people 
even slam-danced to the Smithereens (I was 
only there to write a review for a newspa- 
per), a band that played radio-friendly ret- 
ro-'60s pop — not exactly the punk of yore. 

The jocks brought the same lowest- 
common-denominator aesthetic they per- 
fected in junior high gym class to the dance 
floor. Previously, injuries had merely been 
incidental to slam-dancing; now they be- 
came its primary objective. 

At a 1991 Ramones concert at Colum- 
bia University, a man with the size, shape 
and personality of an ice chest walked up to 
my friend and, without warning, slugged 
her in the jaw as hard as he could. By the 
time I rescued her, Tamara was on the floor, 
knocked out cold. This riot set to music was 
so out of control that I lost a shoe and a pant 
leg trying to escape. 

That was around the time the term 
"moshing" came into use. 

Reacting to the success of demi-metal 
band, Nirvana, critics called 1991 "the year 
that punk broke." Naturally, the opposite is 



true: Success took punk out of context. De- 
void of politics and culture, there was noth- 
ing left but three chords and unfocussed 
rebellion. The alternative didn't become 
mainstream; the alternative died and the 
mainstream became a wee bit hipper. "Punk 
bands" can't sell millions of records be- 
cause, by definition, million-selling bands 
aren't punk. 

At age 33, 1 don't feel too old to ven- 
ture near the mosh pit — I'm just afraid of 
being mugged in 3/2 time. I don't go to 
concerts unless it's a "punk nostalgia" gig 
like a Buzzcocks or Pistols reunion show 
where I can dance safely, or if I can get a 
balcony seat high above the action, and 
what I see there still scares the hell out of me. 
Bikers waving knives belong in dark alleys, 
not concert halls. 

John Dittmar, president of Pinnacle 
Entertainment, a New York City booking 
agent, says, "Is it a little bit more aggressive 
these days? Yes, but everything is more 
aggressive." Sure it is, and it sucks. Clearly 
the violence of our concerts reflects society 
in general, but that's what I find sad. Punk 
saved my life and gave me a respite from 
mainstream idiocy. It kept me sane through- 
out the last 15 years of my life. The thing is, 
punk's not dead — but what They call punk 
in the mainstream media deserves to be 
killed. 

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So, after a two month leave I'm back, 
never to leave again, unless of course I get 
disengaged, get a new job, a new band line- 
up and move all at once. Besides Mistress 
Jen and Master Tim beat me so badly I am 
afraid to ever miss a column again. 

Now, getting down to business, I was 
pleasantly surprised to find out this No- 
vember issue would center around educa- 
tion. I didn't really want to have to go into a 
long diatribe about education, but since I 
was unable to secure a last minute interview 
with my friend Maggie, educator/ activist 
at Planned Parenthood, you are stuck with 
me. Besides my twelve years in public edu- 
cation, I spent a year in vocational studies 
(cosmetology school), two years at River- 
side Community College, and two years at 
the University of Calif ornia, Riverside. Cur- 
rently, I am finishing my fifth year of college 



working toward my Multiple Subject teach- 
ing credential. After graduating from UCR 
I began a three year career as a substitute 
teacher. I substitute taught mainly bilingual 
K-6 and high school classes. Last year I 
taught a 2/3 combination class on an emer- 
gency credential. This year I am teaching a 
bilingual fourth grade class. 

Why do you need to know all of that? 
You don't, but it gives you some idea about 
my experience in education. So onto my five 
minute self-interview. 
MRR: Why did you become a full-time teach- 
er? 

RB: I guess the first reason was that I had 
substitute taught for three years. Full-time 
teaching was the natural progression. The 
second reason was the need for a better 
paying job, medical benefits and retirement. 
The third reason is that I truly believe that I 
can make a positive difference in children's 
lives and I have the ability to teach effective- 

iy- 

MRR: Which do you prefer, money aside, 
substitute or full-time teaching? 
RB: I prefer full-time teaching . As a substi- 
tute, teachers would always comment on 
how much better it was to have your own 
class. I have to agree with them. I have a real 
feeling of accomplishment that I never got 
as a substitute teacher. Every day I am able 
to see the results of my hard work and the 
children's hard work. 
MRR: They say the first year teaching is the 
hardest. What was your first year like? 
RB: It was hell. It was the 2nd/3rd grade 
combination that no one wanted. I took it 
over two months after school had started. 
The job affected my health. I was very un- 
happy and I resigned. The class was so bad 
that the teacher that took over the class for 
me died of a heart attack one month after 
taking them. I learned a lot from the experi- 
ence and overprepared myself for my class 
this year. It is very important for a teacher to 
be able to start the year with their class. 
MRR: Do you have any horror stories about 
teaching? 

RB: The teacher dying after taking over my 
class was pretty horrific. I did have a little 
boy, A.W., a second grader, who stole ciga- 
rettes from K-mart so he could try to sell 
them to other students. He was suspended. 
One morning he slammed another student's 
head into a wall. He was high on candy- 
covered coffee beans that he had stole from 
his sister. This kid had serious problems 
and zero attention span. He was seven and 
liked to sit and draw pictures of the grim 
reaper. He was probably my worst experi- 
ence in all of my years of teaching. I will 
never forget his name. 
MRR: Were you surprised by any aspects of 
the full time teaching job? 
RB: Yes, I did not realize how hard and long 
teachers work. 



MRR: What is the best part about teaching? 
RB: To see that you are reaching a child and 
turning their attitude from negative to pos- 
itive. I believe in praising my students as 
much as possible, and reinforcing the posi- 
tives about them. They know I truly care 
about them and they want to do their best 
and be their best. This job is extremely re- 
warding. 

MRR: Do you have any heartwarming sto- 
ries? 

RB: My story is both heartwarming and 
heart breaking. I had C.S. in my class. C.S. 
was in the fourth grade reading at a kinder- 
garten level. He was one of eight children at 
home. His father couldn't read or write. C.S. 
had a tough third grade year. He stole a 
cellular phone from the school counselor 
with another boy. C.S. was the "look-out" 
man. He was suspended. This year we 
worked together. He responded well to the 
positive reinforcement. He loved positive 
attention. He began turning in all of his 
homework. He had a better attitude. He 
made the basketball team. (He was very 
gifted at the sport.) All was going well. 
Members of my school staff complimented 
me on the change in C.S. They attributed his 
good behavior to being in my room. Then 
one day C.S. did something stupid. He 
brought a huge hunting knife to school. 
Luckily, a couple of students informed me. 
I had to turn the knife in because I was 
responsible, at that point, for what he might 
do with it (he had hid it in his desk). He was 
automatically suspended and put up for 
expulsion. It breaks my heart. I will proba- 
bly never see C.S. again. I am afraid that if 
other people do not reach out to him he will 
drop out. So, that is my heartwarming and 
wrenching experience all at once. 
MRR: Worst thing about teaching? 
RB: Considerably low salary for the hours I 
work. I do not get paid overtime. Negative 
attitudes from other teachers about other 
staff, school or principal is also annoying. 
MRR: Who inspires you? 
RB: Any person who works hard and does 
their best. The teachers I had loved their job. 
I was lucky. They gave me their best and I 
wanted to give them my best. I want the 
same for my students. 
MRR: Do you think classroom downsizing 
is important (20-1)? 

RB: Yes, this is very important for teachers 
and students. It is easier to teach 20 students 
than it is to teach 36. Time will tell how 
effective this is. It is the only good thing Pete 
Wilson did as governor. 
MRR: How do you feel about Pete Wilson 
discontinuing funding for bilingual educa- 
tion? 

RB: It is complete bullshit. Complete im- 
mersion into the English language for a 
non-native speaking student is great in the- 
ory, but is does not practically work. Tran- 



sitioning from Spanish into English in the 
third grade works because it gives the stu- 
dents a chance to learn more than just how 
to speak English when they are at school. 
MRR: Many people have an impression that 
teachers are stupid and lazy. What is a typ- 
ical day like for you? 

RB: I get to school often a half hour before 
school to prepare. I am teaching and assess- 
ing progress throughout the day. I rarely sit 
down. I constantly walk about the class- 
room. I teach from the beginning of the day 
to the end. I work through the recesses and 
through my lunch. I normally stay two to 
three hours after school is over and still have 
to bring work home with me. Teachers are 
not lazy or stupid. Teachers are held to very 
high expectations by principals and school 
districts. They are directly accountable for 
teaching curriculum. Anyone that has a neg- 
ative opinion of teachers should watch a 
teacher for a whole day or try teaching 
themselves. They will change their minds 
quickly. As a teacher, I have a new found 
respect for the teachers I had. 

Before I close my column I must men- 
tion that Ballgagger's new CD came out 
recently on Theologian Records. If you like 
old Babes In Toyland you will love Ballgag- 
ger's debut CD. I also received some sug- 
gestions for future 5 min. interviews. Please 
keep them coming to PO BOX 251 
Norco CA 91760-0251. 



"Lefty" Hooligan^ 
What's * « -**=*- 
Left? 







"The destructive urge is also a creative 
urge. " Mikhail Bakunin; Russian anarchist 
revolutionary (1814-76) 

"It is we who built those palaces and cities 
here in Spain and A merica and everywhere. We, 
the workers, can build others to take their place. 
And better ones. We are not in the least afraid of 
ruins. We are going to inherit the earth." 
Buenaventura Durruti; Spanish anarchist 
militia leader (1896-1936) 

"Words cannot save us! Words don't break 
chains! The deed alone makes us free! Destroy 
what destroys you!" attributed to Michael 
"Bommi" Baumann; West German urban 
guerrilla /June 2nd Movement (1948- ) 

"We are in favor of mass working class 
violence, out in the open; not created or led by 
Class War or others, but developing according to 
its oivn dynamic, as a means of self-empower- 
ment, a means amongst others of giving people a 
belief in their ability to overthrow the state. The 



m ma 



violence of a working class community in strug- 
gle is always preferable to that of an elitist armed 
struggle group. " from Class War's "open let- 
ter to revolutionaries" (summer 1997) 

It's a leftist cliche to state that revolu- 
tions aren't pink teas. In particular social 
revolutions, the rising up of the working 
classes against society's ruling class, are 
invariably violent if for no other reason than 
the ruling class in question never gives up 
power without a fight. Even Gandhi's "non- 
violent revolution" experienced the violence 
of first the British empire and then inter- 
communal Hindu/Muslim strife. As a rule, 
the broader the revolution among the gen- 
eral population, the less violent. Yet the 
shedding of blood is all but inevitable in any 
revolution. 

US political pundits, liberal and con- 
servative alike, deplore revolutionary vio- 
lence even as they enshrine the American 
revolution. While not as bloody as the French 
revolution, the American example confis- 
cated more private property and sent more 
folks into exile than did those guillotine 
happy Jacobins. Aside from the dubious 
moral stance, this distinction between 
"good" and "bad", revolutions obscures the 
historic role played by revolution. Hold on 
to your theory caps. This is gonna require a 
healthy dose of oversimplified Marxism to 
explain. 

Marx understood the major historical 
social systems as "modes of production." 
Slavery, feudalism, capitalism, socialism, 
etc. are all modes of production. The two 
major, interacting components to any mode 
of production, according to Marx, are the 
"forces of production" and the "relations of 
production. " The forces of production com- 
prise the physical means of production — 
factories, businesses and farms with their 
machinery and technologies — as well as 
such things as accumulated techniques, 
skills, knowledge, etc. The relations of pro- 
duction are how the major socio-economic 
classes in society interact politically, eco- 
nomically and socially; e.g. the actual class 
struggle. Since Marx defined classes by way 
of their relationship to the means of produc- 
tion (capitalists owning the means of pro- 
duction, workers owning only their own 
labor which they sell to the capitalists for 
example), these two components mutually 
relate in fundamental ways in order to de- 
fine the greater mode of production. The 
forces of production are developed through 
the class struggle, but ultimately they out- 
strip the relations of production and, in 
order for the latter to catch up, social revo- 
lution occurs and a new mode of production 
is established. 

In Marx's scheme of things, the forces 
of production in western Europe circa 1700 
had advanced to the point where a capitalist 
mode of production could be sustained, 



even while the relations of production re- 
mained thoroughly feudal, based around 
nobility, clergy and peasantry. The feudal 
mode of production in all its complexity 
had developed these advanced, proto-capi- 
talist forces of production, but by the 18th 
century feudalism's relations of production 
were actually constraining the potential in 
these productive forces. Cromwell's En- 
gland in 1653, the American states of the 
"founding fathers" from 1776, France after 
1789; these were violent, cutting edge, bour- 
geois revolutions. The nascent capitalist 
class's revolutionary overthrow of feudal- 
ism's ancien regime in two of these three 
revolutions started to liberate the capitalist 
forces of production from the feudal rela- 
tions of production across Europe, at the 
same time it initiated a new class struggle 
between capitalists and workers within a 
newborn international capitalist mode of 
production. 

In turn capitalism as a world-wide 
mode of production has presently devel- 
oped the forces of production to the point 
where a socialist mode of production is 
possible. We could have stateless, post-scar- 
city communism today if it were simply up 
to the forces of production. The capitalist 
relations of production now act to restrain 
this revolutionary potential to abolish wage 
labor altogether. Fomenting a revolt against 
work thus can play a central role in consti- 
tuting a present day revolutionary social- 
ism. Organizing for social revolution from 
an anti-work perspective can be advanced 
in a number of ways. I'm fond of a strategy 
I call pushing the production envelope. The 
strategy is to force a crisis between the cap- 
italist relations of production and the post- 
capitalist forces of production. 

Something like this might happen if 
the working class, unionized and not, fought 
to significantly reduce the work week. As a 
practical, minimalist demand, say a "four 
hour work day at eight hours pay" pushes 
the post-capitalist forces of production to- 
ward their limits, slamming them hard up 
against the capitalist relations of produc- 
tion in a crisis that theoretically cracks the 
capitalist mode of production in social rev- 
olution. This idea has deep historical roots. 
At the turn of the century the demand for an 
"eight hour work day at no reduction in 
pay" that challenged work days of ten, 
twelve, fourteen hours united trade union- 
ists, socialists and anarchists. The CIO de- 
mand for a "forty hour work week at no 
reduction in pay" that protested six and 
seven day work weeks helped to galvanize 
labor struggles in the 1930's. 

Many more actions can be taken with 
a strategy of pushing the production enve- 
lope in mind, most of which I've mentioned 
in previous columns. Some of these can be 
used individually, but collective action is 



recommended to make them most effective 
Using these informally, that is outside of 
union struggles and without even a formal 
link to the demand for a "four hour day at 
eight hours pay," achieves a similar break- 
down in the capitalist relations of produc 
tion that in turn pushes the envelope of the 
post-capitalist forces of production, making 
workers simultaneously less productive and 
less governable. 

Walkout/strike: your basic work stoppage 
usually carried out by a union, or a group of 
workers forming a union who leave the 
workplace to push certain demands. A walk- 
out is of short duration, a strike is potential- 
ly much longer. 

Wildcat walkout/strike: same as walkout/ 
strike, only workers are not unionized, or 
are acting without union backing. 
Slowdown: deliberately slowing down the 
pace of work. 

Work to rule: creating inefficiency and confu- 
sion in the workplace by following every 
rule, regulation and order to the letter, even 
if they contradict each other. 
Social strike: usually for service industries, 
workers strike by remaining on the job and 
giving away unpaid-for or extra goods and 
services to the public. 
Sitdown strike: strike where workers occupy 
the workplace so that facilities are unusable 
and replacements can't be brought in. 
Quickie strike: a strike timed and executed so 
that it can be won in minutes. 
Whistle-blowing: reporting fraud, illegal prac- 
tices, violations of government laws and 
regulations, etc., to the proper authorities. 
Sick-out: everybody calls in sick on a given 
day or days to cripple the workplace. 
Inefficiency: deliberately not doing your best 
on the job. 

Quiet expropriatio?i: taking back some of the 
time and labor expropriated by the boss 
through workplace theft, use of company 
time, supplies and equipment for personal 
work, etc. 

Self-reduction: collective action by workers 
to initiate proletarian "reductions" in cost of 
living, such as boarding public transport en 
mass without paying fares, walking through 
checkout lines en mass refusing to pay for 
groceries, etc. 

Sabotage: using "dirty tricks," destruction of 
tools or materials, misinformation, hacking 
etc. to hamper workplace procedures, hinder 
production, or hurt individuals in positions 
of authority. 

Monkey-wrenching: same as sabotage, ex- 
cept with a community focus. 
Destroying corporate property: deliberate de- 
struction of workplace/corporate property 
solely to cost the ownership or to demolish 
the workplace/corporation. 
Intimidating corporate management/ownership: 
use of sabotage, threat or physical violence 
against workplace management or owner- 



ship, their personal property or families to 
intimidate them individually and breed fear 
in their class. 

General Strike: society-wide strike of work- 
ers, affecting whole industries and entire 
communities. 

Dual power: workers ignore management 
and ownership to de facto run their work- 
place according to their own processes and 
authorities. Can also apply to working class 
neighborhoods and communities. 
Big takeover: workers seize the workplace 
outright and run it themselves, removing 
management and ownership from the pre- 
mises. Can also apply to working class neigh- 
borhoods and communities. 

If you want to explore the above more 
deeply, let me suggest three resources I've 
also mentioned before: 1) Sabotage in the 
Workplace, ed. Martin Sprouse (book; Pres- 
sure Drop Press; PO Box 469754, San Fran- 
cisco, CA 94146); 2) Worker's Guide to Direct 
Action (pamphlet; Industrial Workers of the 
World; 1095 Market St., San Francisco, CA 
94103); and 3) your imagination. Number 
three is really your only limit. 

The sitdown strike, direct action, sab- 
otage, class intimidation, dual power; the 
Industrial Workers of the World pioneered 
many and practiced all of the tactics de- 
scribed above. For more info on the IWW's 
history there's Solidarity Forever: An Oral 
History of the IWW by Bird, Georgakas and 
Shaffer, The Industrial Workers of the World— 
1905-1917 by Philip S. Foner, Red November, 
Black November by Salvatore Salerno, and 
The IWW— Its First Seventy Years— 1 907-1975 
by Thompson and Murfin. A mere romantic 
artifact, the IWW these days is the curator of 
its own radical heritage, with a membership 
hovering around 2-300. The CIO, discussed 
last column, built on certain IWW ideas and 
actions, though sabotage and similar types 
of direct action was strongly discouraged. 
The U AW, UMW, Longshoremen and other 
unions unofficially practiced militant forms 
of direct action, sabotage, class intimida- 
tion, etc. at different times in the CIO's 
mixed history of militancy between 1935- 
47. Some of the best first-hand descriptions 
of this class war remain Teamster Rebellion 
and Teamster Power both by Farrel Dobbs. A 
Trotsky ist, Dobbs was prominent in the SWP 
and the AFL's Teamsters during their glory 
days, and was convicted in the first Smith 
Act trial of 1941. 

The molecular strategy of labor orga- 
nizing described last column is intended to 
work with this column's strategy of push- 
ing the production envelope. Both are in- 
tended to build off each other. Together, 
they define a revolutionary class struggle 
that goes beyond the class politics-as-usual 
of labor unions and labor parties; a revolu- 
tionary class struggle capable of pressuring 
rank-and-file union struggles to become 



more radical; a revolutionary class struggle 
that has as its basic premise making society 
ungovernable at the base. Last column I said 
it was necessary to threaten real social rev- 
olution just to get a few reformist crumbs. 
That's the least significant reason to encour- 
age widespread class-based rebellion. The 
proliferation of workers' collectives and rev- 
olutionary organizations engaged in direct 
action, sabotage and class intimidation is an 
exercise of social power. It opens up a broad 
arena of self-activity and self-organization 
out of which working-class organs of self- 
government can emerge. The working class 
thus becomes insurrectionary at the same 
time it starts to become aware of itself as a 
class, with its own class interests in opposi- 
tion to the interests of society's ruling class. 

A ruling class that needs to be over- 
thrown so that the working class can eman- 
cipate itself. 

I've spent a lot of time talking about 
the strategy and tactics of violence. It's time 
to get back to revolutionary social change. 
In other words, class war and class violence. 

The administration of violence by the 
capitalist class is characterized by systemic 
and bureaucratic abstraction. This is most 
obvious in the role of the state as the monop- 
oly of legitimate violence in society as well 
as the executive "committee for managing 
the common affairs of the whole bourgeoi- 
sie." I'll discuss the state next column. Con- 
sider instead when a manager fires a long- 
time worker at the behest of ownership 
"downsizing." No thought was ever given 
to the violence this did to the individual 
worker and his or her family, until "going 
postal" stopped referring just to disgrun- 
tled postal workers. Managers and owners 
are now increasingly afraid to discipline or 
fire workers for fear of sabotage and retribu- 
tion. The threat of lawsuits has made man- 
agers and owners fearful even of passing on 
detrimental information about former work- 
ers to their new bosses. This may not be 
organized class action, but making the boss- 
es scared to dispense their daily violence is 
a step in the right direction. It's also one of 
the first steps in taking on capitalism's sys- 
temic violence with working class violence. 
To paraphrase Class War's final "open let- 
ter to the revolutionary movement," the 
lockout of Detroit newspaper workers is 
violence, child prostitution is violence, the 
prison system is violence, living in a card- 
board box under the freeway overpass is 
violence. 

Capitalism is violence. 

The combined strategies of molecular 
labor organizing and pushing the produc- 
tion envelope aim at turning fear among the 
bourgeoisie into terror. Making society un- 
governable comes down to terrorizing the 
rich. Making their lives at least as miserable 
and as dangerous as they make ours. De- 



stroying what destroys you. I'll get up close 
and personal about why I think capitalism 
needs to be destroyed next column. 
PERSONAL PROPAGANDA... I can be 
contacted at hooligan@sirius.com. My book, 
End Time, can be purchased from AK Press 
(POB 40682, SF, CA 94140-0682) for $10. 
Keep sending me your newsworthy items 
and interesting news clippings c/o MRR. 




SUBCULTURE A major blow is de- 
livered to the streetpunks! Vulture Rock 
has unleashed an album by the WESTSIDE 
BOYS from France called "The Oi! Years". 
This disc features some excellent songs 
reaching back to 1991. Some of the songs 
that you may have heard on the Dim 
Records WESTSIDE BOYS LP have been 
remixed or remastered. Some songs on side 
one of interest are "Emeute Urbaine," and 
"Les Annees Oi". "Violeurs" is a powerful 
number sung to the COMBAT 84 tune "Rap- 
ist". "Fatalite" gets a good OPPRESSED 
treatment, and bears favorable resemblance 
to "Work Together". 

Side two starts off with a bang with 
the song "Paris", a fast punk selection that 
is sure to please. In "Rien Pour Eux" and 
"Skinheads", Pascal demonstrates a fine 
punk voice that has a tight melodic under- 
pinning not present in some oi bands. Good 
harmonies are provided by the band. This 
LP does an excellent job of representing 
one of France's best recent oi bands. Look 
for a Vulture Rock release of an LP by 
Norwegian rock gods ULTIMA THULE 
soon and a compilation "Urn Grito De 
Uniao" LP featuring VIRUS 27, HISTERI A, 
and BANDEIRADECOMBATTE- ultimate 
oi of Brazil! Look forward to it! 

Wolverine Records/Teenage Warn- 
ing Records from Dusseldorf, Germany 
has issued a compilation called "Pogo In 
Der Gegengeraden" with some good punk 
rock items to be had. The VANILLA MUF- 
FINS offer "Scoring Goals". PUBLIC TOYS 
play "Fussball Im TV", THE LOKALMAT- 
ADORE plays "Berg Und Tal Mit 504", 
THE MARIONETZ punk out on "Heya- 
Heyatsv" while the JET BUMPERS give 
you the Joey & Dee routine on "Hooligan- 
Madchen". This compilation exposes you 
to some new bands, but at least half of it is 
throwaway material so you might want to 



find this one used. 

Another compilation of some merit 
on Teenage Rebel Records (Germany) is 
"Punk Rock Makes the World Go Round" 
featuring twenty four bands from twenty 
four countries. Some of the bands on this 
intriguing slab are: LES PARTISANS 
(France), LOKALMATADORE (Germany), 
PSYCHOTERROR (Estonia), NOTA ROJA 
(Mexico), INVAZIJA, ZONA A (Slovakia), 
GAROTOS PODRES (Brazil), PHILIPPINE 
VIOLATORS, and the MANIACS. A solid 
compilation - check it out. 

A new compilation called "OiL.Rare 
and Exotica" is floatin' around now. This 
contains international selections spanning 
the years from 1981-1996. There are some 
good tracks on this fucker. The Estonian 
band PSYCHOTERROR rip on the song 
"Let's Oi". MATA RATOS play consistent- 
ly good oi on "Eu Tenho Um Pobre". Give 
a listen to the killer song "Working Class" 
by HOPE AND GLORY from Italy in 1983. 

Side two is called "Hate Racism" with 
the bulldog crushing the swastika in its 
jaws. On this side you have some decent 
oi/punkbyBIRTHWARD'82,aGreekband 
doin' "Modern- Trouble". COMANDO 
SUICIDA from Argentina do "Grito Prole- 
tario" good! The MANIACS do "Unite". A 
hard to find item is the QUICK AND THE 
DEAD "Pyramid Party" (Australia 1981). 
There's a smashing strongbit of oi in "Guido 
Und Anne" by the Austrian band MICKY 
UND DIE MAUSE from 1983. A most eclec- 
tic compilation this! 

Teenage Rebel has rereleased a fine 
7" from 1986 by STROMBERG POLKA 
called "Skinhead" The new version has 
some extra tracks for your oi pleasure. 

You've got a brand new label out of 
Sonoma, California called Radio Records, 
organized by John of THE UNDEFEATED 
and THE BODIES. The first release is THE 
RANDUMBS "Seven Inch" and as usual 
THE RANDUMBS rock! After their trium- 
phant tour of the Northeast, you can count 
on the Boston chapter of THE RANDUMBS 
fan club to buy a slew of these "Seven Inch" 
records. If you are up Sonoma way check 
out Ian Randumb and Saul Randumb's 
skateboard and record store on Napa street- 
they got the shit! Look for a BODIES 7" on 
Radio Records and maybe a BODIES split 
on Pelade These guys put on a great show 
opening for ONE MAN ARMY recently. 
Go see the BODIES, Abe on vocals with 
John on guitar are outstanding as always. 

Cyclone records presents the ZYK- 
LON ZEROES "Obsessed and Pathetic". 
This is that rough and troubled punk rock 
that leads men astray. Keep your daugh- 
ters away from this oi - tainted collection of 
bad humans. For you fucks beyond the 
point of rehab go get this shit! It rocks like 
a motherfucker! "Osaka Skins" will make a 



believer out of you! Yeah! 

In case you weren't paying attention 
a couple of months back there was a great 
split7'EPfeaturingtheBALTIMOREFOOT 
STOMPERSandtheCHELLOVECK4. This 
is intelligent oi/punk music with mean- 
ingful lyrics about how the government is 
"Downsizing " the workers into poverty, 
and being "On the dole queue" The sleeve 
asks "Are you ready to rumble? Knives 
and chains, no guns! Double fisted street 
punk" . This jewel was represented in Tim 
Yohannon's Top Ten for the respective 
month and that, my friend , is no small feat 
for an oi band. To get the Tim Yo Editor/ 
Censor seal of approval you have to have 
good lyrics AND good music. Order this 
record right now from Worship My Brain 
Records, PO Box 2292 Meriden, CT 06450. 
Also available; Tapes from COCK SPAR- 
RER, POGUES, CLASH and more. Phone; 
203 639 9250. 

The REGISTRATORS, the pride of 
Japan, have an excellent single out now on 
Snuffy Records. You must spin "Panic Ac- 
tion" and "Kick Out Next Door"! This 
record has great sound - thankfully the 
Snuffy label does not adhere to the muddy 
recording techniques some of the REGIS- 
TRATORS prior efforts have been ham- 
pered by. Go get it! 

There is some righteous product out 
fresh on Main Squeeze Records, PO Box 
45411, Kansas City, Kansas. This new tidbit 
is a split punk single with THE LOUD- 
MOUTHS and the SEX OFFENDERS, and 
it rocks! The SEX OFFENDERS also have 
a hit single out on that trust worthy label 
Wound Up Records with Punk Rock Mae- 
stro Keith Wound Up at the helm. Get both 
records now! PO box 3695, Kansas City, 
Kansas. 

Repent Records has an exciting mess 
of garage-punk trash available for you 
on'The Best of Repent Records Volume 
Two- A World Full Of Friends" This com- 
pilation contains cuts from the cream of the 
barroom brawlers. Featured are: BOU SOU 
NEZUMI (Nagoya, Japan), THE FRUS- 
TRATIONS (Tucson, Arizona), THE 
KNOCKOFFS (Oak Park, California), THE 
STALLIONS(New york, New york) and 
fuckin' bad-boys THE HOOKERS from 
Lexington ,Kentucky, U.S.A. This shit is 
the nastiest rock-n-roll this side of THE 
CANDY SNATCHERS! 

CI Records out of Pittsburg , Penn- 
sylvania, home of SUBMACHINE, behe- 
moth punk gods, presents a fast and raw 
punk rock split for you this month. This 
fucker is infested with the lowest form of 
bottomfeeder drunk punks and it's great! 
VIOLENT SOCIETY kick it off with "Go 
fuck yourself" and the mayhem just gets 
uglier from there on out! THE SUSPECTS 
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did! 

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The illustrious RANCID VAT have a 
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Records, Philadelphia, PA. This single has 
"Blobs Have More Fun" b/w "Tattoo Bo- 
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bread to lather the hogfat on! 

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THE NEXT, AK47, REALLY RED, DOT 
VAETH, THE UNCALLED 4, and VAST 
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see ya round... 

see you in HELL. 



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Thomas W. Passmore, 33, lost his $3 mil- 
lion lawsuit against an emergency room 
physician who complied with his request 
not to reattach his severed hand. Passmore 
had cut his right hand of with a power saw 
because he believed it was possessed by the 
devil. When brought to the hospital he 
refused surgery to reattach it. During the 
trial Passmore said that the hospital should 
have known he was psychotic and gone 
against his wishes. After the 1994 incident 
Passmore said that he had seen the number 
666 on the hand. 
Sleep Tight 

Former Russian security advisor Alexandr 
Lebed said that the Russian military has 
lost track of more than 100 small nuclear 
bombs that are of suitcase size. Lebed be- 
lieved some of the devices could be in 
Ukraine or the former Soviet Republic of 
Georgia. The bombs weigh 60 to 100 
[pounds and fit into suitcases or backpacks. 
Of the 132 such devices constructed by the 
Russians, Lebed said 48 are unaccounted 
for. Both Russian and U.S. officials first 
refuted Lebed's claims but later a Russian 
official acknowledged that although the 
devices within Russia were all accounted 
for, there was uncertainty about whether 
any were left in the former republics. 
After a spate of blunders at Hong Kong 
hospitals which resulted in needless pa- 
tient deaths, the news media there uncov- 
ered a litany of outrageous medical mis- 



takes, including the case of a 25-year-old 
woman who was sent home after being 
diagnosed with a stomach-ache only to 
wind up giving birth on a bus and an 
elderly woman who died after having oxy- 
gen pumped into her bloodstream - the 
technicians mistakenly attached a tube that 
was supposed to inflate a cushion under 
the woman's head directly into an intrave- 
nous tube instead. 

The man known as General Butt Naked 
who led his Butt Naked Battalion into bat- 
tle during the civil war in Liberia, has now 
become an evangelical minister. Naked, 
who fought wearing only leather shoes 
and a gun, said that he entered into a con- 
tract with the devil at age 11 and that sub- 
sequent satanic rituals protected him on 
the battlefield. Now fully clothed, and go- 
ing by the name Joshua Milton Blahyi, he 
claims God appeared to him on the battle- 
field and prompted his conversion. 
By the end of this year the Pentagon will 
have conducted training sessions with 
emergency workers in nine large United 
States cities to deal with the threat of a 
biological or chemical attack. Police, fire- 
fighters and emergency workers will be 
taught how to recognize the symptoms of 
an attack, treat victims and prepare to de- 
contaminate thousands. 
A Maryland man died on a North Carolina 
beach in August after a nine-foot-deep, 
eight-foot-wide hole in the sand he had 
dug collapsed on him. He had been sitting 
in the hole at the time. After his body was 
extricated by rescue workers, it took a bull- 
dozer to fill in the hole. 
In August farmers in Nicaragua were on 
the lookout for the tongue-eater - a monster 
described as a cross between a turkey and 
a cat that reportedly tears the tongues from 
animals and sucks their blood. 
Marzouk Ahmed Abdel-Rahim found his 
25-year-old daughter on her honeymoon, 
beheaded her and carried her head through 
his Cairo, Egypt, neighborhood telling the 
crowds Now, the family has regained its 
honor. Eloping is viewed as tarnishing the 
family's good name. He later surrendered 
to police. 

Ricardo Aldape Guerra, a Mexican who 
served 15 years on death row in Texas 
before being released in April when a Tex- 
as court overturned his sentence, returned 
to Mexico and died in August when the car 
he was driving was struck by a truck. 
A report for the Natural Resources Defense 
Council says that almost half of the coun- 
try's 12,500 nuclear warheads are located 
in two states - Georgia and New Mexico. 
The rest are spread out among 13 other 
states. 

Our Boy Vlad 

Russian ultranationalist Vladimir 
Zhirinovsky has opened Zhirinovsky's Gro- 



cery Store in Moscow. He hopes it will 
grow into a chain of shops. 
Among the 6,1 00 people sentenced to death 
in China last year was Lu Qigang who was 
accused of sticking thorns and needles into 
the buttocks of female cyclists near a farm 
in Beijing. At the trial officials said that his 
actions seriously harmed the peace and 
aroused the strong indignation of the mass- 
es. 

An Egyptian nurse confessed to killing 18 
patients, injecting them with drugs, be- 
cause she did not want to be annoyed by 
their noises during her night shift. 
Russian seamstresses refused to accept cof- 
fins as barter for two years of back wages 
owed to them. Instead the workers asked 
to be given grocery carts. 
In the Indian state of Kerala a banyan tree 
was cremated according to elaborate Hin- 
du funeral rites. The tree had stood outside 
a temple for more than 100 years and was 
treated as a member of the upper-caste 
Brahmin community. 
Ten capuchin monkeys at a Maryland re- 
search facility were given clay spheres, 
stones, leaves and paint and spent 30 min- 
utes reshaping the clay and decorating it. 
Said a researcher, Art doesn't happen un- 
less you are smart, and I think such expres- 
sions are the inevitable consequence of an 
intelligent, but restless mind. 

Kohut's latest book, written with Roland 
Sweet, is Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest, published 
by Penguin USA and available in bookstores 
every where. Please send all corroborating evi- 
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Since this is the special education is- 
sue (umm, not the *special* education is- 
sue, not that you all aren't special, but... 
nevermind), I thought I'd take a few para- 
graphs to rant a little bit about education, 
learning, the internet, and stuff like that. I 
may even get around to giving you some 
websites where you can teach yourself stuff 
— so keep reading. 

I am a firm believer in learning about 
things, though I'm not necessarily that hip 
on education. Though I do have a college 
degree, I don't see college as the place 
where I learned most of what I know and 



enjoy - that is, the DIY aspects of punk rock, 
and my involvement with computers. Most 
of that kind of stuff was self-taught. By 
figuring things out for myself, reading 
books and fanzines, and asking people who 
already knew what they were doing for 
advice. 

Actually, when you think about it, 
punk rock is really about educating your- 
self on how to do things and how to think 
about things. Whether it be playing in a 
band, running a record label, screen print- 
ing T-shirts, putting out a fanzine, or any 
other DIY endeavor, it pretty much in- 
volves learning how to do things, and then 
doing them. Nobody's gonna do it for you, 
and, more often than not, nobody's gonna 
show you exactly how to do things. You 
learn by checking out other zines, other 
bands, other labels, etc, and then following 
by example, figuring out things as you go 
along. Also, punk also (hopefully) teaches 
you to think for yourself, and educates you 
to some of the bullshit that is out there in 
Amerikkka. It's all about learning, kids, 
whether you want to admit it or not. 

Well, in the same way that you can 
learn about how to do punk things, you can 
learn how to do computer things. Whether 
it be putting together a cool looking web 
page, learning how a computer or internet 
connection works, or even writing pro- 
grams, you can figure it all out yourself. 
How do I know this? Because that's the 
way I did it. I have taken one computer 
class my whole life, and that was in 9th 
grade. Everything else I know I about com- 
puters, I taught myself - and now that's 
how I make my living, helping people get 
their internet connections working. 

So, I guess I'll take some time now to 
educate you a little bit on building a web 
page. Web pages are written in a code 
known as HTML - that stands for Hyper- 
text Markup Language, and it is really easy 
to learn. You can get the basic of HTML 
down in a few hours over the course of one 
day. All you have to do is find a web page 
that gives you the basics of HTML, and 
then look at the code in other peoples' 
pages to see how they do things. It's really 
that easy. 

As long as you have a computer, the 
best place on the net to start learning about 
how to do HTML is NCSA's Beginners 
Guide to HTML (http://www.ncsa. 
uiuc.edu/General/Internet/WWW/ 
HTMLPrimer.html). This will tell you just 
about everything you need to know to get 
started. The only other things you need are 
a text editor (simpletext on Macs and note- 
pad on Windows) and a web browser 
(Netscape or Internet Explorer). To learn 
HTML without a computer is more diffi- 
cult, though you could probably do it at 
your local public library, with the myriad 



of books thathavebeen published on HTML 
authoring. 

After you visit the NCSA website and 
learn something about HTML, you can start 
visiting web pages with your browser. 
When you see one you like, view the source 
code by choosing "Page Source" or "View 
Source" from the menu on your web brows- 
er and see how the designer got the page 
the way they did. See a picture file on the 
left hand side of the screen? Look at the 
source code and see what formatting it 
took to put the picture there. Is there col- 
ored text? Again, look in the source and 
figure it out. 

Your first few pages will probably 
look amateurish, but with practice, you'll 
become more skillful and will have a killer 
website for your local scene, your zine, or 
whatever you want. In addition, after you 
get a cool website up, you can start hiring 
yourself out to "THE MAN" and taking his 
money (to the tune of 50 bucks or more an 
hour) by designing web pages for him. 
Learn web design, and you could probably 
scam by for quite a few years without a 
"real" job. 

In the same way you learn HTML, 
you could also learn javascript (http:// 
www.javascripts.com), a multi-media 
scripting language for websites, and CGI 
scripting (another language for websites) 
at http://selena.mcp.com . All I'm saying 
is that there isa ton of stuff out there on the 
web on computers, so if you're interested 
in them, you have a resource. 

In the same way that you can learn 
computer stuff on the web, you can also 
learn punk rock stuff - tips for doing fan- 
zines, screen printing, etc. Before I let you 
go this month, I'm going to mention a few 
sites for getting some of this info. 

The first site is "The Book of Zines". 
This website gives you tons of information 
on how to put together both paper and 
electronic zines, how to get publicity for 
them, how to publish you own comic book, 
and much more. If you are wanting to get a 
zine sta rted, here's a good place to get some 
idea. You'll find it at http://thetran- 
som.com/chip/zines/ . 

If you're interested in silk-screening, 
I have an article I wrote a couple of years 
ago for a fanzine on how to do your own 
silk-screening for extremely cheap (and not 
terribly professionally either, though it 
works for making decent looking single 
color T-shirts). You can find that article at 
the following URL: http:// www. cruzio. 
com/~hanford/diyshirt.html . 

Also at my site I have an article I 
wrote for Punk Planet on setting up a gig. 
It is by no means complete, but it is also a 
good overview of things to think about if 
you want to try to promote a show. That 
article is at http:// www.cruzio.com/~han- 



ford/diygig.html 

Another okay DIY resource, though it 
tends to focus too much on the business 
side of music, is IndieCentre (http:/ /www. 
csd.net/~muji/indiecentre.html). They 
have quite a few articles up about how to 
do stuff, including the Simple Machines 
guide to putting out records. Check it out. 

Okay, so I hope that at least some of 
these things are worthwhile to you and you 
can learn something from them. Just re- 
member, if you're interested in it, there's 
probably information about it on the net - 
you just have to know where to look. 

You can find copies of all my columns 
- past, present, and future - at http:// 
www.cruzio.com/~hanford/ 
maximum.html . Also, by the time you 
read this, I should also have columns up by 
some other of the MRR columnists (those 
who sent me their columns to put on the 
web), and there will be a link from that 
page to the page of the other columnists. 
Check it out. As always, you can e-mail me 
at hanford@cruzio.com, or write to me at 
PO Box 8059; Santa Cruz, CA 95061. Next 
month: A guide to punk radio on the inter- 
net. 




This issue, the education issue, is the 
first of many theme issues I have planned. 
It's a little unfocused, but all in all it covers 
some of the spectrum of ideas and perspec- 
tive that involve education, punk rock, and 
radical/lefty politics. This came up as a 
theme issue for a lot of reasons. Like how a 
lot of punks are teachers in some way or 
another. I think this could be for many 
reasons. Teaching is one solid way to affect 
change. It is also an attempt to fix all of the 
things we saw when we were in school. It 
can also be an incredibly positive and for- 
ward-looking thing. I think that's why a lot 
of punks are teachers. 

That's one reason why this is a theme 
issue. The other is that education affects all 
of us. It is something which is done to us 
and which we do to ourselves. We choose 
to educate each other in our scene through 
our bands, zines, and even just our interac- 
tions with each other. So we're attempting 
to present a couple of different perspec- 
tives and criticisms of education - no mat- 
ter how broad a topic that is. 

The other MRR related issue I wanted 



to talk about is that it is important to re- 
member that being critical is vital. When 
I'm critical of the interviews that get sent in 
that doesn't mean I don't think small bands 
shouldn't send them in. I think it's impor- 
tant to recognize the hard work of bands 
who are starting out just as much as it is 
important to recognize bands that have 
been around for a long time. But both new 
bands and (older) bands can send in bad 
interviews or good interviews. I would 
always rather read a good, in depth or 
entertaining interview, and me being criti- 
cal is trying to push bands (and interview- 
ers) to their potentials. It's not me trying to 
shoot people down, or put down their ef- 
forts. Being critical is a good thing. 

Now, to completely change the top- 
ic. In the last month or so I've had to wake 
up to reality and forego some of my usual 
positive outlook and optimism. Part of 
my involvement in punk is that I inter- 
pret it is a different and better way of 
interacting with each other, based, among 
other things on earned respect (and mu- 
tual interest in things other than music 
style, though those interests, of course 
are often manifested in certain styles and 
tastes). 

Anyway, recently a couple of things 
have happened to make it hard to ignore 
that there are a fuck of a lot of people who 
don't think that's what punk is about, who 
are in it for whatever reason ("I just like the 
music") and who don't understand the 
politics or the issues involved ("What's 
wrong with major labels?"). Fuck. It's just 
really disappointing and I'm not really sure 
what to do about it. 

Except that I want to completely sep- 
arate myself from those people and to make 
it clear to them why I am doing so. If you 
have major label ads in your zine and don't 
understand why I disagree with it, that's 
fine. That's your life and you can carry on 
as you please. But to me that's close enough 
to mainstream culture and far enough from 
where I stand that you might as well be one 
of "them." And I'm going to treat you like 
you are. It really doesn't matter what you 
used to think or what band you used to be 
in either. It's what you are doing and how 
you are acting now which counts. 

Now, one last thing. Even though I 
talk more about politics and people than 
music, bands and albums remain a great 
part of my motivation and enthusiasm. 
I guess I count myself lucky that I've found 
bands which inspire me, which I can't sit 
still to. At this particular moment, I want to 
thank Dillinger Four for their continued 
inspiration, and ask, when will they ever 
put out an LP? 

PS. Part Two. 

I've always been interested 
in alternative health care, mostly because I 



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Lateral thinking is when you think by 
association rather than logic. The surreal- 
ists were champions of such thinking. Der- 
by... pipe... bowler... fish. William Bur- 
roughs used it in his cut-ups. He tore two 
pages in half and swapped the pieces. Half 
a line on one page merged with a line on the 
other. The new patterns sparked ideas that 
wouldn't have happened if he'd thought 
logically. 

Somehow, whenever I try it, it leads 
to sex. Plane. . .fly...yourflyis open. .. penis . 
You get the idea. This time I'm going to try 
to avoid it. 

This is the MRR education issue. Edu- 
cation is what they claim to do in schools. 
Fish travel in schools. So let's start this 
column with a story about fish — in a class- 
room. 

We're at Bass U. Professor Fugu is in 
front of the class explaining biological func- 
tions. 

"The breathing of water is essential to 
all life," he says. "Without oxygen filtering 
through gills, animal life could not exist." 

"Excuse me, prof, " comes a voice from 
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It's Charlie the tuna. Smart, but bare- 



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of student that makes professors wish they 
could force ritalin on college kids. 

"And how, may I ask, is that wrong?" 
asks Professor Fugu. 

"I believe there are animals that don't 
need to live in the water," says Charlie. "I 
believe that some creatures can live in ways 
we don't understand." 

"Really?" says the professor, with a 
pshaw flip of the fin, "And where might 
these creatures be?" 

"On land," says Charlie, "in the air, 
anywhere." 

"There are those of us who have seen 
creatures on land," says the professor. 
"Creatures with legs who walk back and 
forth, and get along without fins. So what? 
Squids don't have fins, but they need wa- 
ter. Those land creatures also need water to 
live. They're surrounded by it." 

"I think that's wrong," says Charlie. 
"I think they're not surrounded by water. It 
only looks that way to us because we're 
looking through water. If we could see 
them from their own perspective, they 
wouldn't be in water at all." 

"I see," says the professor, suppress- 
ing a smirk, "and the fact that no matter 
how far we swim, we are in water, doesn't 
mean anything? Doesn't it mean anything 
that we never see a creature not in water? 
Doesn't it mean anything that scientists for 
years have studied the universe, looked 
everywhere, and everywhere is water?" 

Titters come from the other fish in the 
class. 

"Sorry Charlie," says the professor, 
"but it's all science fiction until you can 
show some objective evidence. You can 
imagine anything, but until you can prove 
it through scientific method, it's worth- 
less." 

"But that's impossible," says Charlie. 
"Our scientists see through the same water 
that we do. Their telescopes and micro- 
scopes all are in water. There's no way to 
see outside that water because everything 
we measure with is already wet." 

"That's the point," says the professor. 

"There is only wet." 

******* 

The one MRR reader who has brain 
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fish story is a parable. You are the fish. 
Culture is the water. And the professor and 
the school are... well... professors and 
schools. 

The function of schooling is much 
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Education is learning how to manipulate 
the world around you in a useful way. 
Schooling is instilling a set of cultural val- 
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Everything from the most obvious 



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exam taking rules, is structured to spread 
culture. Extra points for "originality." "Pla- 
giarize" you fail. What does that mean? 

Lets shift scenes. I'm in a classroom of 
Americans taking Japanese lessons. There 
are two Japanese teachers and five Ameri- 
can students. The question under discus- 
sion: "If you don't know the answer to a 
question, is it better to ask your friends or 
figure out the answer by yourself." 

All the Japanese say the latter. All the 
Americans say the former. 

"But why?" ask the Japanese, "if some- 
one already knows the answer, why do you 
have to do all that work?" 

"It builds character and indepen- 
dence," I answer. "You have to learn to rely 
on yourself." 

"You did not ask to build character or 
independence," says my teacher. "You 
asked to find the answer." 

Bang! Hit on the head with a cultural 
water balloon. 

The values of our culture are so in- 
grained, that, like the fish in water, we 
imagine them to be the only possible val- 
ues. 

The reason there's such a push for 
"home schooling" or "private schooling" 
these days has nothing to do with the "qual- 
ity of education." Instead, parents object to 
the culture pushed by the schools. 

But if schools are bad, parents (the 
home teachers) are worse. In public school- 
ing you get a mix of cultures, especially in 
America, where the pots refuse to melt. 
People with different backgrounds, speak- 
ing different languages, sometimes allow 
other cultures to crack through the cultural 
wall. Homeschoolees, though, become cul- 
tural clones of the parents. The greatest evil 
in family values, is that they don't change. 

Let's shift scenes again: 

Some crusty on the street stops you. 
"Got any spare change?" he asks. 

"Get a job." you answer, "I earn my 
money." 

"Why should I work to support some- 
one who won't?" seems like a question so 
obvious that you don't need to ask it. It's 
the basis of so-called welfare reform and 
the dismantling of the U.S. social system. 
But that question could as easily be, "Why 
do I have to work when there are so many 
people wasting resources in useless jobs? 
Wouldn't not working be less destructive?" 

That question never gets asked 
though, because, in our culture, work is 
good. A person who works is better than 
one who doesn't. No one can think any 
other way. 

Travel through the rest of the world. 
See what they say about Americans. 

"You're the only country in the world 
to turn down national healthcare. Why? 



People are dying from lack of money. Oth- 
ers are going bankrupt." 

They can't understand it. From IN- 
SIDE the fishbowl, the answer is obvious. 
Government is bad. It's better to do some- 
thing yourself than have it done for you. 
People have to be responsible for them- 
selves.... You know the cliches. Those cli- 
ches are our culture. They run our lives. 

Even sub-cultures carry their own cli- 
ches and cultural baggage. Take the lefty 
punk culture. (Please!) Vegetarianism is 
good. Smoking is bad. Men and women, 
hets and homos are equal. Government 
and business are the enemy. You know the 
routine. You've got it in your hands right 
now. It's the water you live in. 

So how do you escape from the fish- 
bowl? How do you crawl out of the aque- 
ous morass? Will travelling help? Will see- 
ing other cultures break the chains of our 
own? Usually not. 

It's 1978. I'm in front of CBGBs. Stiv 
Bators leans again the dumpster parked by 
the curb. He looks even thinner than usual. 
The DEADBOYS have returned from their 
first European tour. 

"Hey Stiv,". I say, "How'd the tour 
go? What did you think of Europe?" 

"It sucks." He says, "you can't get a 
good hamburger there." 

Now you can, but you see the point. 
We travel inside our own fishbowls. Wher- 
ever we look, we see people under water. 
We characterize other cultures as "dirty" 
or "lazy" or "over-working" or "rude" be- 
cause we relate them to our own values. 
Values schools instill in us very early. With 
that viewpoint, there is no way easy way to 
get outside. 

So how DO you do it? 

There are two ways: 

First, assume that whatever you are 
presently thinking is wrong. Assume that 
the reason you think it is because someone 
trained you to think it. When you see some- 
thing from another culture that looks 
wrong, rude, stupid, or unhealthy — as- 
sume it's right, polite, smart or healthy. 
Then figure out why. 

Those of you who were old enough to 
read when I was in Mongolia (1995-1996) 
might remember a column I wrote. It told 
of discovering, then discarding my cultur- 
al blinders. 

Until I went to Mongolia, I had as- 
sumed that it was polite to knock on a door 
before entering, that fathers should sup- 
port their children, that people shouldn't 
push each other getting into a bus, and that 
teaching English was an honorable profes- 
sion. I changed all those ideas. I couldn't 
have done it though, without assuming my 
original culture was wrong to begin with. 

While traveling, you can apply this 
I'M Wrong philosophy, and learn a lot. It 



also works in larger cities and anywhere 
that people live in different fishbowls. Like 
Burroughs cut ups, it'll let you see things 
you'd never know are there. 

The second method of cultural de- 
struction is the one you apply in school. 
We'll call this one YOU'RE Wrong! 

Assume everything they teach you is 
wrong. Not only politics, but science and 
math. Make 'em prove it. 

HIV causes AIDS? Oh yeah, who says 
so and what about the people who say it 
doesn't? Competition creates lower prices? 
Oh yeah? Well maybe there are things more 
important than low prices. We can learn 
the truth by experimentation, and not "an- 
ecdotal stories?" Oh yeah, then how come 
I believe in Paris even though I've never 
been there? 

The scientific method is wrong. The 
idea thatbacteria and viruses cause disease 
is wrong. The notion of "a job for every- 
one" is wrong. The rule that prepositions 
should not dangle is wrong. They're all 
wrong. If you can't figure out why when 
you hear them, think about it. Ask your 
friends, maybe they've already done the 
work. 

Work... work it in... let it slide... bend 
over... see I told you all the associations 
lead to sex. 
ENDNOTES: 
— > Unrefiisable offer dept: "Plug it, Mykel" 

Now those are words I don't walk 
away from. They were uttered by Ramsey, 
of AK press. He was not speaking orificial- 
ly, though. He was talking about the AK 
Press CD release "Less Rock, More Talk" a 
spoken word compilation that includes, 
former Swan M. Gira, Jello Biafra, Noam 
Chomsky, Peter Plate, and... me. 

It costs $14. A lot of money, I know, 
but consider the sources! You can get it and 
a catalog from AK Press, POB 40682, San 
Francisco CA 94140-0682. 
— > Political faddism dept: "Multi-cultural- 
ism" often gets grouped with "political 
correctness" as the great bogeyman of the 
21st Century. There are two reasons. 

First, academics misuse the term to 
restrict, rather than widen, learning possi- 
bilities. At the University of Connecticut, 
for example, student rules prohibit "inap- 
propriate laughter" in the name of multi- 
culturalism. I ask, "inappropriate" accord- 
ing to whose culture? 

Second, so-called white people are so 
insecure in their cultural clothes that they 
won't allow other ways of dressing up the 
world. If I hear "How can anything written in 
Africa compare with Shakespeare or Dickens ? " 
one more time, I'll throw a spear! 

In any case, I'm FOR multi-cultural- 
ism. The more multi- the better. 

For that reason, I'm recommending 
the "Intercultural Press" publications. You 



can write for their catalog at POB 700, 
Yarmouth ME 04096 or via the web at 
www.bookmasters.com/interclt.htm. Tell 
'em I sent you and get a free "I Like Wogs" 
t-shirt. 

— > Diane from WFMU (America's best 
radio station) wrote me that she's interest- 
ed in music from weird places. She espe- 
cially wants grind and death metal "be- 
cause it is now closer to the underground 
that a lot of the 'punk' sound has gotten." 
For airplay and info, you can write 
her or send her stuff at: WFMU, PO Box 
1568888, Montclair NJ 07042. Tell her I sent 
ya. 

—>CD of the month dept: BLIND PIGS (Sao 
Paulo Chaos) on Grita Records (PO Box 
1216, New York NY 10156, 
www.grita.com). PUNK it is, fronted by a 
23 year old English teacher. What is it that 
makes English teachers so superior to ordi- 
nary human beings? Suggestions are wel- 
come. 

— > A Gallup Poll taken in September 1994 
shows that most Negroes prefer "black" to 
"African American" and 25% say "it doesn't 
matter" although that was not an option 
offered to them. Likewise 62% of the his- 
panics prefer that name, 10% like Latino 
and 24% say "it doesn't matter, though that 
was not an option." 

— > Grita! Records does it again with a 
yowee release by a Chilean band based in 
Germany. Niiios Con Bombas, a punk/ska/ 
rap/politico band. Great stuff, though not 
for those whose musical tastes vary only 
from The Stooges to The Ramones and 
back again. Not that I know anyone like 
that... 

— > According to the Wall Street Journal: 
All-natural cigarettes such as the top-sell- 
ing Natural American Spirit brand, contain 
tar and nicotine but none of the other 559 
additives listed by major tobacco makers. 
They are becoming increasingly popular 
among "purists and those who try to be at 
one with the Earth." 

While these cigarettes contain high 
levels of tar and nicotine and carry the 
surgeon general's warnings, their adver- 
tising is based on the dangers of the addi- 
tives used in regular brands. Says one health 
food store owner: "It's only since we start- 
ed adding all these chemicals that we've 
gotten ill-health effects from smoking." 
— > Nya nya dept: I've got number 252 out of 
500. I'm talking about the Roky Erikson 
tribute LP: Children of The Night. 

You can never tell with tribute records. 
Some are good. Some are total crap. Well, 
this one, with NOMADS, BLEEDER and 
some other Scandinavian bands I've never 
heard of... is GREAT! And — you can't get 
one. 
— >Internet report of the month dept: 

The LAPD, the FBI and the CIA are all 



CPIVM^ 



trying to prove that they are the best at 
apprehending criminals. The President 
decides to give them a test. 

He releases a rabbit into a forest and 
each of them has to catch it. 

The CIA goes in. They place animal 
informants throughout the forest. They 
question all plant and mineral witnesses. 
After three months of extensive investiga- 
tions, they conclude that rabbits do not 
exist. 

The FBI goes in. After two weeks with 
no leads, they burn the forest, killing every- 
thing in it, including the rabbit. They make 
no apologies. The rabbit had it coming. 

The LAPD goes in. They come out 
just two hours later with a badly beaten 
bear. 

The bear is yelling: "Okay, okay, I'm 
a rabbit. I'm a rabbit." 




In the mainstream media, one of the 
largest scientific news stories of the past 
year has been the successful cloning of a 
lamb by Scottish researchers. "Dolly," as 
the animal has been called, is just one small 
example of the work being done to alter life 
into more profitable forms. 

Monsanto, Ciba-Geigy, Calgene, these 
are some of the names of the corporations 
controlling agriculture in this society. Ap- 
parently they have decided that encourag- 
ing farmers to spray their crops with toxic 
pesticides is not enough. Over the past few 
years the makers of DDT, Roundup, and 
Agent Orange have successfully promoted 
the sale of genetically engineered produce. 

By now, everything from McDonald's 
French fries to Fritos are made from ingre- 
dients enhanced with the genes of foreign 
viruses, bacteria, and plants. Since the gov- 
ernment requires no labeling for genetical- 
ly altered food, it's only a matter of time 
before such planned concoctions as cold 
resistant tomatoes, modified with fish 
genes, will be found in supermarkets across 
the nation. It's also only a matter of time 
before the animal flesh people consume 
will come from a whole new species of life 
form, the genetically altered farm animal. 

The Animal Research Institute is one 
of the companies trying to genetically mu- 
tate non-human animals to benefit the mea t 
and dairy industry. According to the com- 
pany's director, R.S. Gowe, while speaking 



at a livestock conference, "At Animal Re- 
search Institute we are trying to breed an- 
imals without legs and chickens without 
feathers." The more cloning techniques are 
improved upon, the closer we come to a 
world where the freaks manufactured by 
people like R.S. Gowe will be turned out 
from assembly line factories. In short, at 
least as far as agri-business is concerned, 
we are about to enter the Brave New World 
scenario of genetically designed and man- 
ufactured animal life. 

Some people might argue that hu- 
manity's perception of other animals as 
inferior will allow us to do things to them 
that we wouldn't dream of doing to our- 
selves. Indeed, in the case of cloning, there 
seems to be some resistance to its applica- 
tion on humans. Like the Space Billboard I 
wrote about in my last column, however, 
the question arises as to how much resis- 
tance is there, and for how long it will last; 
especially when there are other paths be- 
sides genetic engineering that science can 
take to play with our construction, paths 
that lead to devices which alter matter it- 
self: nanotechnology. 

Imagine if you could take a shot that 
would guarantee you would never go bald, 
suffer a heart attack, or gain weight. Ac- 
cord ing to some, nanotechnology will bring 
us closer to an existence where we need no 
longer worry about the problems afflicting 
our bodies. We will simply inject them 
away with a syringe full of nanomachines. 

Invisible to the human eye, nanoma- 
chines are devices so small that you could 
literally fit trillions upon trillions into a 
cubic inch of space. Linked together with 
sub-atomic super computers, they are de- 
signed to work by actually taking apart 
and assembling different molecules. 

If such devices were programmed to 
enter the human body they would proba- 
bly do so via injection, hiding themselves 
in red blood cells, using a person's cardio- 
vascular system for transportation. Once 
inside your veins, they could then work to 
clear arteriosclerosis, or even alter the mel- 
anocytes in your hair follicles so that you 
could go from being a natural brunette to a 
blond. 

Besides being able to affect our bod- 
ies, nanomachines will be able to alter our 
surroundings. Devices might be manufac- 
tured which would be very similar to the 
replicators found on Star Trek, capable of 
creating any food or object we desired by 
command. 

All of this probably sounds very ex- 
citing to those who are not bothered by the 
thought of our blood and environment be- 
ing infested with uncountable numbers of 
microscopic droids. Unfortunately for those 
who might desire an immediate nano-fu- 
ture, the technology is still on the drawing 



boards of such trustworthy institutions as 
IBM and the Defense Department. Al 
though such micro tools as bearings and 
gears have been created, there is still one 
important piece to the nano puzzle yet to 
be realized: the "assembler." 

Assemblers are the heart of nanotech- 
nology, and the dream stuff of university, 
military, and corporate researchers. They 
are micro-computers with the capacity to 
create other nanomachines. Without as- 
semblers, there would never be enough of 
them to complete any job. Nevertheless, 
work is progressing in the field and esti- 
mates vary between ten to thirty years as to 
when the first assembler will see the light 
of day. Once this occurs, the nano ma- 
chines will begin rapidly breeding, and 
again humanity will be stuck with a new 
form of technology that few people under- 
stand or had the chance to question. 

What type of sinister use the Army 
might have for nanotechnology is unimag- 
inable, but since industrial ideas for its use 
include such things as new insect killers, it 
seems at least destined to be an important 
new implement in mankind's seemingly 
endless war against nature. 

Just where and when this war began is 
hard to say, but what we have evolved into 
is a species that obviously hates itself: hates 
the fact that we are flesh and blood products 
of the natural world. This can easily be 
observed in our neurotic fear of the naked 
human body, which has lead to countless 
psychological disorders. But no matter what 
character armor we choose to wear, or how 
many new devices we manufacture, we are 
never able to separate ourselves from our 
mortality. Even though we have imitated 
machines in every possible way, running 
our lives like clockwork, we can't escape the 
conclusion that we will never be anything 
but human, or will we? 

Hans Moravec, director of the Mobile 
Robot Laboratory of Carnegie Mellon Uni- 
versity, describes in his book Mind Children 
how it would be possible through nanotech- 
nology to download our consciousness into 
machines. Although a future full of humans 
becoming immortal robots might be para- 
dise to some, for me this is the ultimate of 
nightmares. 

Looking at how tribal people were 
treated because they lacked technology, 
makes me wonder what are species would 
act like if we became nothing but conscious 
machines. How will we relate to other life 
forms in the universe when we have exter- 
minated what it means to be alive? 

For now this is the last of my columns 
on the subject of technology. As you can 
guess, I belong to those miscreants amongst 
humanity who dare to question the devices 
we create. It's almost impossible to avoid 
using them, so perhaps the best that can be 



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done is to use them in ways which help 
people to think about the world they live in. 
Although obviously computers are isolat- 
ing us more from each other, it is a hopeful 
sign that some are using these machines to 
challenge both themselves and a system 
which encourages ignorance. How long 
people will be able to use computers in this 
manner is debatable. We can see from histo- 
ry that whatever form of technological me- 
dia has ever become available has quickly 
fallen under the control of power mongers 
from ATT to Adolf Hitler. Indeed, from 
what is happening with America Online 
and its takeover attempt of the Internet, it 
seems only a matter of time before that 
medium is shaped into one less challenging 
to any of the vested interests controlling the 
planet. Meanwhile, I would suggest that 
everybody who is concerned about our fu- 
ture find out as much as possible about 
those who are mapping it for us. Read, 
write, speak, be human; it's the best that 
anyone can do. 

Until next time.. 




"Our first song is called Aborticide." 
And thus began SEVENTH GENERA- 
TION'S set. I wasn't sure I had heard cor- 
rectly so when they finally finished their 
metal-riffed hardcore I went ahead and 
asked them the song name again. At first 
only the guitar player heard me but said it 
was indeed called Aborticide. To make 
sure what was behind the title I asked the 
singer if the song was anti-abortion. It was. 
Several years ago I thought that the straight 
edge hardcore scene was unfairly picked 
on by other punks who said the scene was 
unredeemably conservative. Nowadays I'm 
more willing to agree with that criticism. 

I'm as big a sucker as the next when it 
comes to accepting labels for music genres. 
In fact, as someone who has to review 
beaucoup records a month I'm pleased as 
punch when a fairly effective one comes 
along. So all praise goes out to IN/HU- 
MANITY for introducing this sad sack to 
the label "emo violence." A handy moniker 
for music that is full on loud and aggres- 
sive, but adds a quirk to the tunes; odd time 
changes, swirled up music, bass and drum 
focus, and total mayhem vocals are a few 
examples. The MILHOUSE/CR. split finds 



its way into this column via the emo vio- 
lence route. MILHOUSE is evil as fuck, 
with some crazy drumming and at times 
the music just takes over drives forward 
and leaves the singer on the road yelling for 
his ride to come back. The lyrics are incred- 
ible. C.R. starts out with full out hardcore 
attack, slows down to awesome drum and 
bass work, and builds right back up to 
hardcore assault. (C.I. Records, 739 Manor 
Street, Lancaster, PA 17603) 

After being pretty unimpressed with 
URANIUM 9 VOLT live their EP surprised 
em. The vocals and music have a moody , 
depressed quality that remind me of SAMI- 
AM at times, though slower and with a 
bigger sound. Really solid production. Ex- 
members of UNDERSIDE. (Lookout) 

The Donut Friends label strikes again 
with an EP and an LP. First a split form 
UNDERGROUND ASIAN MOVEMENT 
and PARTY OF HELICOPTERS. The 
P.O.H. vocals are sung in this really hyp- 
notic way that is up front over mid tempo 
hardcore that is full of energy but not 
spazzed out. U. A.M. isn't quite as interest- 
ing due mainly to poor sound. Rambling, 
spoken vocals over slower music with a 
repetitive guitar emphasis. 

ARMSTRONGS SECRET NINE pulls 
off quite a feat, following up a great EP 
with an awesome LP. This may be a tired 
comparison, but A.S.N, exist in the space 
between UNIVERSAL ORDER OF ARMA- 
GEDDON and the GREAT UNRAV- 
ELING. Repetitive lyrics, somewhat repet- 
itive guitar tweaks, all done at a healthy 
speed. Even the slow bits get quick. The 
production is raw, which is great cause it 
keeps it well away from the art arena. (Do- 
nut Friends, 1030 Jessie Ave., Kent, 
OH 44240) 

The T TAURI "Ending Deconstruc- 
tion" LP is the first I've heard of them since 
their split with the VSS. I didn't get them 
then and I don;t get them now. Extremely 
slow, deliberate, toe dragging tunes that 
make you want to hit the 45 rpm button. A 
sensitive MELVINS? (GSL, PO Box 11794, 
Berkeley, CA 94712) 

Austria's MANFACE have an LP out 
of dark, slightly crunchy tunes. The vocals 
are strained but still understandable and 
mix well with the music. This could be 
make-out music for those who are listening 
to BLOODLET and KISS IT GOODBYE. 
It's quieter but still got enough power to do 
slow kickboxing with a partner. (Acts of 
Sabotage, Hochstrasse 98, 2380 Perchtolds- 
dorf, AUSTRIA) 

Subjugation Records is, as SLAP- 
SHOT might say, back on the map this 
month with a CD from MONTH 
OF BIRTHDAYS. There's a lot about this 
band that I usually hate; extremely long 
songs, singing with no screaming, up front 



vocals and music sort of in the back, and no 
real speed. But baby, this is actually some 
good shit. The female vocalist reminds me 
of an extremely restrained Poly Styrene 
and the music sets a mood from the begin- 
ning that is fairly glum, but with a few 
bright bits. This could've sounded ridicu- 
lously arty but but this band pulls it off. 
Wow! Upcoming releases from Subjuga- 
tion include a vinyl version of this, a M.O.B. 
split with an as yet unnamed band and. . .a 
new BOBTILTONEP mother fuckers!!! 
(Subjugation, PO Box 191, Darlington, DL3 
8Yn, UK) 

SAKE is one amazing fucking band 
and SUBMISSION HOLD isn't so shabby 
either, which makes their split LP a good 
investment. SAKE is heavy on the doom 
and gloom and are reminiscent of 
NEUROSIS when they were still good 
(Word As Law LP) only with a female 
vocalist, violins(!!!), and themembers draw 
on their Japanese heritage. SUBMIS- 
SION HOLD come from a more hardcore 
sound but beat it up with a flute, time 
changes, and lots of pretty singing with 
little musical accompaniment (which gets 
old). The primary singer is a female and 
when she yells really drills the political 
lyrics into your forehead. This one stays 
with me. (Hopscotch,) 

Ohio is tall in the middle and round at 
both ends and also home to Voice Of The 
Sky records who sent three releases in this 
month. The REMINGTIN EP is at its peak 
when there's one guy barking out words, 
another singing, and the jangly guitars and 
low tuned bass are about to bust out. There's 
not enough of that tense energy on this EP. 
The members of AMBASSADOR 990 keep 
a close eye on rhythm on their EP, keeping 
the drums and bass way up front and get- 
ting close to the math rock side of things 
(though no time changes).- 1 don't get the 
haiku lyrics. Their sound gets a bit more 
complex on their split with MAKE- 
SHIFT CONQUEST. M.C. have a fairly 
nasally vocalist and pretty simple, slow, 
poorly produced music which doesn't ever 
bust out. (Voice of the Sky, PO Box 10213, 
Columbus, OH 43201) 

Packaged in an oversized matchbook 
is the VADE/JOUGH DAWN BAKER split 
12".VADE has fairly harsh, loud, complex 
hardcore parts alternated with soft (but not 
wimpy) parts. They pull this off without 
being hopelessly generic by not putting in 
predictable build ups to explosion. J.D.B., 
fronted by a singer who wields a mighty air 
guitar, improve mightily on their EP. The 
music is real chunky, doesn't ever get much 
hustle in the bustle, has some nifty guitar 
sounds, and also utilizes the soft / loud thing 
almost as well as VADE. (Henry's Finest, 
16128 NE 145th ST., Woodinville, WA 
98702) 




The "World Hardcore" 2x7" EP pulls 
together quite a cross section of bands from 
all over. VANILLA and UNDONE provide 
doses of emo flavored hardcore form 
France, with VANILLA being on the slow- 
er poetic side and UNDONE being 
morequick and political. OLOTILLA from 
Finland play saxophone punk in the vein of 
X-RAY SPECS. EVERSOR describe them- 
selves as "emo heart core from Italy" and 
have a slightly upbeat SAMIAM resem- 
blance. DEADBEAT from Germany and 
RESPECT from Poland also appear. (Moo 
Cow, PO Box 661 Madison, WI 53701) 

LABEL SPOTLIGHT 
Despite whatever dislike George Tabb 
might still have for Gainesville there is 
quite a bit going on in that lovely college 
town in sunny Florida. One label that has 
been responsible for documenting Gaines- 
ville and decidedly non-local bands is run 
by Kurt and Jason of the performance art 
troupe P ALATKA. Some past releases have 
included the awesome "Ms. Davis" comp 
with HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL, MOON- 
RAKER, and DON MARTIN 3, and re- 
presses of the EMBASSY and HONEY- 
WELL/REACHOUT EPs. Less arty releas- 
es include an EP from ASSHOLE PARADE, 
a split with PAL-ATKA and END OF THE 
CENTURY PARTY and the quite new 
"Southeast Hardcore" comp which you 
should get your paws on. The releases for 
the most part share a simple but bold graph- 
ic quality, with many of the sleeves being 
silk screened (but no envelopes or paper 
bags yet). There is no name, however, for 
this label. That's pretty cool as it puts more 
emphasis on each band. Of course, there 
may very well be a name for the label and 
I'm just showing just how far out of the 
loop I am. 

Two current releases from the Florid- 
ians are now in front of me. The WALTZ 
side of their split with MOONRAKER is 
definitely worth your milk money. The 
music is quick paced and keeps you mov- 
ing but it's the vocals and lyrics that won 
me. The female singer alternates between a 
hoarse snarl and singing, while addressing 
communication with metaphors better than 
a stack of zines. MOONRAKER has a sim- 
ilar approach but with a male vocalist and 
a little more emphasis on softness and build 
ups. 

There's also comp EP out titled "An- 
imism" I believe. SLEEPYTIME TRIO put 
out their best stuff yet; you can actually 
hear the vocals over the music. Here REM- 
INGTIN captures a lot more of the tense 
energy I referred to above. The WALTZ 
song here kicks it as well, here with more 
attention to the structure of the tunes. More 
please? STRIKE FORCE DIABLO give it to 
us raw and less produced with music mid 
paced and slightly furious followed by sing- 



ARCO^: 



ing, back to music. Get in touch with this 
label: PO Box 13673 qt 14223, Gainesville, 
FL 32604. 

I listen to the HANK WILLIAMS, JR. 
"Greatest Hits Vol. 1" at least 3 times a 
week. With lines like "I have loved some 
ladies, and I ha ve loved Jim Beam, and they 
both tried to kill me in 1973" how can you 
go wring? But its not emo at all so forget 
you read this at all. 

The DART BAND 360 10" isn't an 
easy one to describe. Very well played mu- 
sic, but still has edginess and a healthy dose 
of distortion and some good 'n hoarse vo- 
cals from the heart. Kinda complex but then 
not so much. Definitely lots of the Carolina 
energy. (Assorted Porkchops, PO Box 4022, 
Wilmington, NC 28406) 

SEA OF CORTEZ and MARS OBSER- 
VER MISSION are both from Arizona and 
share a split EP. M.O.M is kind of slow but 
with lots of drum and bass power and a 
screamer who follows the music. S.O.C has 
some careful guitar and bass interplay, and 
switches intensity from almost calm to al- 
most frantic. (Subject Records, 4638 W. Gold- 
en Ln., Glendale, AZ 85302) 

Canada's WROUGHTTRONSMILE 
play it really low and close to pretty with 
drums that rumble quite nicely in the back- 
ground. The only real intensity comes when 
the vocals go off. (Diminutive, PO Box 8183, 
Victoria, B.C., V8W 3R8, CANADA) 

The FABRIC LP "Stella Maris" con- 
sists of material that was recorded, I believe, 
prior to their LP on Doghouse. The LP info 
says only a two track was used and it works 
well with the straight thru nature of these 
particular songs, with only momentary slow 
downs to swirling guitars and vocal empha- 
sis. (Simba, 30 Park View Ave, Leeds, LS4 
2LW, ENGLAND) 

Many columns ago I described an EP 
by Scotland's GLUE that was quite like the 
MINUTEMEN in its delivery. Their "Grav- 
el" CD, released several months earlier is a 
bit fuller sounding and has the beginning of 
the quirky aspects that are more pronounced 
on the EP. (Feeble, 186 Kingsheath Ave, 
Glasgow, G73 2DB, SCOTLAND) 

I'm glad that so many records came in 
this month and I hope more keep coming in. 
I'll spare everyone the endnotes, if you need 
my address look at a past issue. Take it easy. 






& 



NATHAN BERG 






FUELING MY RAGE 



In my past columns, I've blabbed 
about companies with horrible histories of 
injustice and neglect. Then, toward the end, 
I neatly of fer a few alternative ideas as how 
to avoid giving them your hard-earned 
(stolen?) cash. However, what if there was 
a certain product that virtually everyone 
(or at least anyone that's semi-privileged) 
used and no simple alternatives existed? 
What if the companies that produced and 
marketed it were the most vile and shame- 
less around? What if the very product itself 
was a dangerous substance that had threat- 
ening effects on the human race (and the 
rest of the planet with us)? Well, it's here 
and it's happening. Actually, it's been here 
and it's been happening for a long time 
now. What is it? No, not Prozac. It's oil! I 
can say, with a relative amount of confi- 
dence, that the oil industry is the most 
corrupt and blatantly evil industry on this 
little ball we call home. Yet, in one way or 
another, we all rely on it. However, anyone 
that feels this planet is in dire need of a 
noble change of pace must wrestle the ques- 
tion of oil in their head. What can we do 
about it? Well, before we ponder that, we 
need to ask the most important question. 
Why do we need to do something about it? 
I'll give you some examples, but with the 
overwhelming amount of scandalous prac- 
tice in this industry, it may take a while. So, 
bear with me if this gets a bit lengthy. (You 
may also want to read this near a toilet in 
case you get a little queasy.) 

Oil companies are very wealthy. That 
goes without saying. Glance at the Fortune 
500 list sometime. 5 of the top 20 companies 
are oil. There are plenty more scattered 
throughout the list, most of which net year- 
ly profits in billions of dollars. Though they 
differ in size, they remain very similar in 
theirbusiness practices. Cutthroat. Because 
of this, it's difficult to claim any one of them 
as better or worse than another, unless 
you're judging by personal opinion, which 
we'll get to later. Therefore, I'm choosing to 
use random order as my plan of attack. 
Here we go. 

Texaco has been in the news a lot 
recently, so they're first. Back in the days of 
World War II, Texaco came under a lot of 
scrutiny. Apparently, when the rest of the 
civilized world was engaged in an embar- 
go (not to mention a war) against Nazi 
Germany, Texaco kept selling them oil. 
Ever wonder what could've been fueling 
those gas chambers? After it went public, 
and after American consumers began fum- 
ing more than their oil rigs, they needed 
some public relations work. In one of their 
strangest gestures, Texaco began sponsor- 
ing radio broadcasts from the Metropoli- 
tan Opera House. They are still sponsoring 
them today, as far as I know. They also 
sponsored Milton Berle's television show. 



With cute little deals like these, and with 
some time for the wounds to heal, Texaco 
was once again ready to quietly go about 
their business. Fast-forward 50 years. In 
1993, a tribe of natives form the Amazon 
region of Ecuador, filed a lawsuit against 
them. As brought up in the charges, be- 
tween 1972 and 1989, Texaco dumped 19 
billion gallons of toxic waste in their oil 
fields there, polluting rivers, lakes, and the 
groundwater supply. Soon after the charg- 
es were raised, Rainforest Action Network 
began a boycott against Texaco, claiming 
that they were "plundering Ecuadoran 
tropical rainforests in their pursuit of oil." 
And most recently, Texaco was sued by 
1,400 of it's black employees who claimed 
that they had been on the receiving end of 
a good deal of discrimination. Their case 
definitely was a solid one. One of the many 
figures they released showed that of Texa- 
co's 873 executives that made over 
$106,000/year, only 6 were black. Others 
claimed that they had been shunned for job 
promotions simply because of their skin 
color. At the beginning of this year, an 
audio tape of a meeting with Texaco top 
brass discussing this very court case was 
released to the public. On it, they had re- 
ferred to blacks as both "black jelly beans" 
and "fucking niggers." They also spoke of 
destroying evidence that could work 
against them in the case. Texaco's racist 
attitude was now on every T.V. news show 
and newspaper in the country. They in- 
stantly began PR clean-up. First, they set- 
tled the racism case with $175.1 million. 
They then assemb led an agreement to work 
as hard as ever to incorporate blacks into 
the Texaco environment. Why they would 
still want to be a part of the Texaco environ- 
ment (which is heavily polluted) is well 
beyond me. 

I spoke before about how judging 
which company is worst can only be done 
using personal opinion. Having said that, I 
cannot stand Exxon. Their practices are the 
ones that have the most immediate effect 
me, and that's the only reason why I feel 
they're the worst. I don't think any of us 
can forget the 'little mishap' that happened 
with the Exxon Valdez off the coast of 
Prince William Sound, Alaska. Captain Jo- 
seph Hazelwood had gotten pretty drunk 
and had another man driving the ship when 
it crashed into an iceberg, releasing 11 mil- 
lion gallons of crude oil into the water. 
Exxon was eventually found guilty of 'reck- 
lessness' and ordered to pay $5 billion for 
punitive damages. They have appealed this 
ruling and it's still in court today. Just a few 
months ago, Exxon had to settle with the 
Federal Trade Commission over ads it was 
running that stated high-octane gas keeps 
car engines cleaner and reduced mainte- 
nance. Apparently, they were just trying to 



have people spend a bit more at the pump. 
(Don't you think they're getting enough? 
Damn oil prices have gone through the 
roof lately.) The FTC made Exxon run new 
ads explaining that for most cars, regular 
gas already had the correct octane level. 
Oops. People in my area pay a lot of atten- 
tion to Exxon. Some 3 hours from here, near 
a town named Crandon, Exxon wants to 
create a huge underground zinc and cop- 
per mine. The environmental aspects of 
such a project, which would be located at 
the headwaters of one of Wisconsin's most 
pristine rivers, the Wolf, are sketchy to say 
the very least. Also on the edge of the 
Sokaogaon Chippewa Indian reservation, 
they began protesting Exxon's mine be- 
cause of the potential for damage to the 
waters that feed into their wild rice crop, 
which is pretty much the only resource 
they have on the reservation. Rep. Spencer 
Black penned the Mining Moratorium Bill 
in response. The bill requires Exxon to give 
examples of similar mines in the U.S. and 
Canada that have been open for 10 years 
without polluting surface or groundwater, 
and also show that there has been a similar 
mine closed for 10 years that hasn't dam- 
aged water purity. With no statsto back me 
up, it seems the general public of Wiscon- 
sin is against such a mine. People all over 
the state have taken this issue to heart, 
erecting signs in their yards that read "NO 
EXXON MINE" and protesting all over the 
place. Earth First had a rally there about a 
month ago and several people were arrest- 
ed. You see, although the general popula- 
tion is opposed to the mine, Exxon has been 
throwing it's pocketbook all over the place, 
creating an 'Exxon-mine-good-because- 
me-get-cash' attitude for those who are 
getting the money. (The town of Crandon 
is one of the larger ones.) It's hard to say if 
they'll pull it off or not, but they definitely 
aren't giving up. Hopefully, neither will 
the people of Wisconsin. 

Royal Dutch /Shell. You either cringed 
when I said their name or you didn't. It all 
depends on whether or not you're familiar 
with Shell's actions in Nigeria. Since 1958, 
they have extracted $30 billion in oil from 
Ogoniland, which is in the Niger River 
Delta. Over 2,000 oil spills have occurred 
there, resulting in 2 million barrels dumped 
on Ogoni farmlands. Many villages have 
Shell's pipelines only yards from their res- 
idents' houses and gas-flaring operations 
right in the middle of town. So, with all 
they put up with from Shell, what do the 
Ogoni People receive in payback? You 
guessed it. Jack. Most Ogoni communities 
have no running water, electricity, hospi- 
tals, roads, schools, etc. The Nigerian gov- 
ernment, on the other hand, has cashed in 
big time off of Shell's oil returns. The Nige- 
rian government is also one of those brutal, 



oppressive regimes that you often hear 
about. Writer and activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa 
had been fed up with Shell's destructive 
ways and the way the Nigerian govern- 
ment turned their cheek to make some 
bucks. He formed, with the help of their 
leaders in the Ogoni community, MOSOP 
(Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni 
People). They began protesting Shell and 
the Nigerian government. This sparked an 
internal memo at Shell that suggested that 
Saro-Wiwa be "closely monitored." Soon 
thereafter, Saro-Wiwa was arrested on 
trumped-up murder charges. After a joke 
of a trial, he was convicted of murder and 
sentenced to die. On November 10th, 1995, 
Ken and 8 other activists were hung. Aside 
from the fault of the Nigerian government, 
many believe Shell should take responsi- 
bility for their deaths, since they were scape- 
goated for protesting the government's 
mainsource of wealth. This sparked Shell's 
position that can be heard on Propagan- 
da's 'Less Talk, More Rock' album. They 
can make arguments all they want, but it is 
widely accepted that they didn't intervene 
with Ken's death because he was a pain in 
their ass. Case closed. Shit, maybe I should 
start looking over my shoulder more after 
writing this. Maybe their coming for me 
next. 

Yep. These oil companies have no 
limits to the amount of bullshit they can 
extol on the world. A complete lack of 
interest in the working class, for example, 
seems to be a common theme. In the 90's 
alone, oil companies have laid-off thou- 
sands of workers. Atlantic Richfield Co. 
(ARCO) nixed 16% of its work force. Chev- 
ron, which has 7,900 service stations in the 
U.S., got rid of 10,000 employees. In '95, 
Mobil joined in and cut 4,700 workers from 
its' ranks. Suffice to say that jobs in the oil 
industry aren't based on stability. 

Oil companies also love Burma. I dis- 
cussed the situation in Burma in my Pepsi/ 
Coke column, but I'll clarify again. Burma 
is now run by a brutal military regime that 
has engaged in countless human rights 
violations, of which murder, repression, 
and exploitation are just a few. Boycotts 
have sprung up everywhere against com- 
panies who do business in Burma and work 
with the junta that runs the country. UNO- 
CAL , the 76 brand, is one that's on the 
forefront. They are developing a pipeline 
that runs through a tropical rainforest be- 
longing to the Mon and Karen people. 
Apparently, in cahoots with the military 
government, UNOCAL has a deal to use 
forced (read: slave) labor to construct it. 
Both Texaco and ARCO also refuse to pull 
out of Burma as well. 

Obviously, oil companies have invad- 
ed the political arena to further their own 
causes. They do have money, after all, and 




what do you think it takes to receive any 
political clout these days? Anyhow, I hope 
we have all heard about Prop. 187 in Cali- 
fornia, which was largely regarded as the 
most racist, immigrant-bashing pieces of 
legislature penned in recent years. Pete 
Wilson, governor of California, was para- 
mount in his support for the measure and 
many believe that he was responsible for 
its' passage. Well, guess who gave up some 
big money to Wilson's reelection campaign? 
Ah, yes, ARCO gave him $135,000 while 
Chevron kicked in $123,000. This is just a 
small example because oil companies do- 
nate to politicians all the time (as do most 
large corporations). 

1 think we've proved that oil compa- 
nies have a complete lack of respect for 
anything that stands in the way of their 
profit margins. These companies even get 
bad press once in a while. But what do you 
think the business community thinks about 
big oil? Enough bad practices to despise 
them? Nope. In fact, fumbling through some 
business mags for research, I found an 
article about Texaco's racism fiasco. With 
my curiosity piqued, I read on only to find 
that they weren't judging Texaco in any 
way, shape, or form. The article was about 
investing in scandals. They went on to 
explain how a scandal at a big business 
makes stock prices drop, but they almost 
always recover. Therefore, but up when 
the stocks are low, and they're almost in- 
sured to go up and give you a hefty return. 
Nowhere in the article do they mention 
that investing in a racist, environmentally- 
destructive company might weigh on some 
people's conscience. Maybe it's because 
the business community has no conscience 
to speak of. In Financial World magazine, I 
found an article on Exxon that had the 
following title: 'Exxon: Forget the Valdez 
(Stock likely to increase in value). This is 
what we're up against. 

So, with such widespread corruption 
in this industry, what's a concerned con- 
sumer to do? You can try to boycott oil 
altogether, and hats off if you do, but the 
rest of us are stuck in the 20th Century, 
where oil is a necessary evil. But there are 
still some steps we can take. First off, we 
can try our hardest to lower our depen- 
dence on oil and gas. Riding bikes or walk- 
ing to places that are within a few miles is 
a good step. Public transportation and car- 
pooling have always been effective mea- 
sures. Making your home energy-efficient 
is also another good idea. It's also a great 
idea to support alternative forms of ener- 
gy. But what else? Keeping yourself in- 
formed on these issues is pretty much the 
best way to fight back. Public opinion has a 
greater impact on issues than you might 
ever have imagined. Learning of current 
boycotts and informing others could help 



shift the tides towards more responsible 
business practices. After all, if it wasn't for 
us, these companies wouldn't be in busi- 
ness. You could also write letters to CEO's 
of these companies or to politicians that 
accept funds from them and let them know 
how you feel. Although most oil compa- 
nies are based in the U.S., it's imperative 
that we don't confine our battle to just the 
United States. UNOCAL, for example, has 
been moving much of its assets from the 
U.S. to Asia, claiming this will help them 
avoid domestic sanctions and to get away 
from those who cry foul at their human 
rights abuses. They are probably just the 
first of many. Let's not let them out of our 
sights. 

SOME MORE 

1. Thanks to everyone who has writ- 
ten thus far. You're great. However, I have 
yet to get any root beer. I haven't figured 
out if it's because a full bottle of root beer 
is kind of a pain in the ass to send in the 
mail or because nobody actually reads this 
column. Hmmm. 

2.Summer is pretty much over. That 
sucks! 

3.1 need to take a moment to say 
thanks to Mike Olsen of THE SCUZZ. The 
shows in his basement are always a great 
time and this recent DISKONTO show 
was no exception. No one has worked 
harder than Mike to make sure that we 
always have a place to have shows at and 
credit needs to be given where it's due. 

4. Here's my address. You know you 
wan t to send me root beer so do it. (My Jedi 
powers haven' t been working so well late- 
ly.) Anything else you want to send me is 
cool. P.O. Box 504, Chippewa Falls, WI 
54729 USA. (Note: Free SLEESTACKS tape 
if you do happen to send me root beer. If 
you only knew how good they were, I'd 
probably have more root beer bottles than 
I could fit in my apartment. Hee hee.) 




It's impossible for me to talk about 
punk and education without talking about 
my class background. For me, the three 
subjects are permanently intertwined. I re- 
cently read an article dealing with the idea 
of being of "mixed class." While I grew up 
in a blue collar area, I knew immediately 
that the term applied to me. Some Ameri- 



can punks might have been raised working 
class, and most of us might even be eco- 
nomically working class now, but class 
isn't some knighthood conferred upon us 
by one area of our lives, or a permanent 
state of being handed down by our parents. 
Class, like "race" and gender and sexual 
orientation, is more complicated and mu- 
table than that. And so, despite my mostly 
working class upbringing, my feelings 
about education are also more complicat- 
ed. 

I grew up in Downriver Detroit, an 
area where, as we put it in high school, red 
necks meet blue collars. Almost every 
square mile has its own factory; the nearest 
one to my home was a half mile away, four 
or five times closer than the nearest grocery 
store or church. Our house was located on 
the twenty mile radius from the nuclear 
power plant, and at night, when the roof of 
the nearest steel mill opened to release 
heat, the sky above it was lit gold and red 
by the molten metal as it was poured. My 
grandmother quit high school to marry my 
grandfather, who hitchhiked to Detroit 
from the Upper Peninsula three days later 
to look for a job at the auto plants. My father 
works in a chemical manufacturing plant 
that once had the distinction of being one of 
the top polluters in the country; he has 
worked nowhere else since returning from 
his draft tour that began soon after high 
school. 

At the same time, my mother was 
from a comfortable (by Downriver stan- 
dards) Irish-Catholic family with middle 
class ideals, including an interest in formal 
education that meant little to my father's 
side of the family. My grandfather worked 
for a bank, wearing a suit and tie every day. 
And while no one in my family could be 
considered intellectual, two of my uncles 
were teachers. Before she quit college, my 
mother was also studying to be a teacher. 
School was always important, there was no 
shortage of trips to the library on the way 
home from catechism, and all my teachers 
told me I would be the first woman Presi- 
dent. 

When I was small and my parents 
were still married, I hardly noticed this 
collision of class values within our house. 
But by high school things became compli- 
cated. The differences between my parents 
became overwhelmingly apparent when 
they divorced; as my father settled into 
working class patterns of work and drink, 
my mother struggled to maintain the out- 
ward appearance of middle class graces. In 
the midst of it all, I discovered punk, and 
what had previously been just a vague 
dissatisfaction mutated into utter resistance 
to both parents' sheltered lives. I wasn't 
sure what I wanted, only that there had to 
be something to life besides beer and hunt 



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ing, or wallpaper and gossip. Punk was my 
proof that there was something else, and 
school was the only way I had of getting 
there. 

By junior year I was living with my 
dad, my mom having convinced herself 
that purple hair was a sure sign of insanity 
or drug abuse. My father and I didn't fight 
about my hair. Instead, we fought about 
college. When I got early acceptance into 
NYU, he tried to convince me to attend 
local community colleges and crappy state 
universities so starved for decent students 
they were willing to pay me to attend. He 
couldn't comprehend what early accep- 
tance into an Ivy League school meant for 
a kid from a factory town, only that New 
York filled him with an unnamed terror. 
I've since realized that terror was one of 
losing me to the sophistication and intellec- 
tualism, so foreign to his rust belt life, that 
New York represented. 

All of Downriver culture (and I sus- 
pect all working class culture to some ex- 
tent) resonates with this fear of losing one- 
self or others to intellectual sophistication. 
Of the 200 people in my high school grad- 
uating class, only around 30 of us planned 
to go to college. Most of the rest were 
already well-versed in belligerent ignorance 
or complacency, defense mechanisms 
against the idea that anyone could be "bet- 
ter" than them. The few who wanted out 
but who didn't have the resources usually 
washed down their hopelessness with al- 
cohol. Except for the girl in my class who 
married Tom Arnold, I doubtmany of them 
have left the area since. 

Not that school was easy. After my 
father finally refused to help pay for what 
he considered a waste, I put myself through 
school at the University of Michigan. It 
was hard, but it was worth it. School rad- 
icalized me in ways that even growing up 
surrounded by the refuse of capitalism 
couldn't. I had professors who called for 
revolution, who deconstructed race and 
gender and class and speciesism, who cri- 
tiqued US foreign policy and American 
culture. Even professors I hated taught me 
to argue ferociously and back up what I 
said with facts. Growing up, I had always 
sensed that those in power fed off the 
ignorance of the masses. After college I 
knew it was true, and I had the means to 
fight them. 

But when I talk about school with 
punks I usually feel like I'm expected to be 
somehow embarrassed about it. Even 
though college and punk didn't conflict 
for me, I'm not supposed to be proud of 
my education because of someone else's 
ill-fitting ideas about what constitutes "re- 
bellion." But for someone from my back- 
ground, school is not the easy or obvious 
path. I traded long-term friendships and 



the ability to relate to most of my family 
for my education. The last time my family 
got together my grandpa fixed my cous- 
in's shotgun while my aunt and uncle 
discussed their new Harley; I'm a stranger 
to them, and to most of the people who 
knew me growing up. I certainly don't 
need others second-guessing my revolu- 
tionary intentions after the sacrifices I've 
made. Having options is a class privilege, 
as is rejecting them. The rest of us do what 

we have to. 

***** 

Lately I've noticed a lot of glorification of 
high school punks who drop out. While I 
admit that a lot of high school is bullshit, 
it's a classist generalization to assume 
dropping out is the right choice for most 
kids . My best friend in high school was the 
first woman in her entire family to gradu- 
ate; in that sort of world, you tell me which 

decision is more punk. 

***** 

Rumor from the south bay has it that a 
new subdivision of punk, bibliophile-core, 
for punks with vocabularies more exten- 
sive than their record collections (or their 
records), will soon be officially recognized. 
Send your applications and GRE scores to 

pob 720716, san jose CA, 95172. 

***** 

send all yer hate mail to the magazine so i can 
skewer you properly in print, send all yer nice 
mail to sheri gumption, pob 7564, ann arbor 
MI, 48107, or email sheri@cyberspace.org, with 
the understanding that while i generally get all 
excited about it, force my friends to read it over 
and over, carry it around in my backpack for 
weeks because it made me smile, let my eyes 
linger happily upon it on the bulletin board 
over my desk, and will never throw it out, i still 
might not write you back, i'll try, but i hate 
sending crappy mail and i have very little time 
to write good mail, anyone who thinks this 
sucks should move to ann arbor and take over 
some of the projects to which i've committed 
myself so that i have time to write everyone the 
intimate letters they deserve, hi to melissa m. 
from albany, CA. i miss you, kiddo. get in 
touch. 




I've been out of high school for years, 
but last summer I decided to give my 
principal and vice principal a call. I was 
working on a bunch of stories for my zine 
about the Satanic ritual abuse theories. For 



those of you who didn't grow up through 
heavy metal's glorious '80s, basically a lot 
of people believed that Satanists were in- 
filtrating schools and daycares to use chil- 
dren in their evil ceremonies. Self-pro- 
claimed experts hit the talk show and lec- 
ture circuits with tales of babies being cut 
from mothers' stomachs, then raped and 
sacrificed in the named of Lucifer. Any- 
way, one of those self-proclaimed experts 
spoke to the faculty at my school in a 
closed door meeting. Along with accounts 
of teens going crazy and turning to drugs 
after repeated listenings of Iron Maiden's 
"Number of the Beast" (I always though 
"Killers" is a way better record), he was 
also hip enough to play Wasted Youth's 
"Fuck Authority" which he labeled as Sa- 
tanic "because it tells children to disobey 
their parents and every other authority 
figure (cops, teachers, etc.)" 

Needless to say, our planet wasn't 
overrun with the devil's minions seven 
years after this guy warned all of my teach- 
ers. Maybe it's because you can't play CDs 
backwards for hidden, subliminal mes- 
sages of devil worship. Regardless, I want- 
ed to get to the bottom of this. 

It was really simple getting a hold of 
both the principal and vice principal. I 
called their offices, told them I was work- 
ing on a story about my high school expe- 
rience and asked for an appointment to 
interview them. I spoke to the vice princi- 
pal first. With complete seriousness, she 
told me of the stories about hesher kids 
sacrificing cats and safe houses where they 
would hold black masses. I countered with 
questions such as, "How come their were 
never any reports of sacrificed animals 
anywhere? Don't you think the local pa- 
per, which is always starving for stories, 
would have went nuts?" But the question 
I threw at her every time was, "Where did 
you get this information and where is the 
proof." Her only response was, "There 
were things we had to watch for on cam- 
pus so kids weren't getting hurt. You know, 
being lured into something harmful." 

The principal, on the other hand, 
said he didn't believe any of it. The meet- 
ing was organized by a fundamentalist 
teacher and he didn't bother to attend. I 
tried interviewing the teacher, but she 
wouldn't return any of my phone calls. 
The only uproar over Satanism he could 
remember was the same teacher getting 
bent over a kid bringing a Ouija board to 
school. 

It was a few years late, but it felt good 
bringing up something they probably 
didn't want to be reminded of. I could feel 
them tense up when I asked how much the 
expert's speaking fee was. There's noth- 
ing like bringing up wasted money to a 
school administrator. After I got off the 



CPiwyiy> 



phone, it bothered me to think what would 
have happened if I had tried to bring this 
up at the time it happened? I'm sure no 
teachers would have bothered to listen. 
All they had to do was look at all the 
heshers in Exodus shirts by the math build- 
ing who were always getting kicked out of 
school to convince them that heavy metal 
at least leads to drugs and breaking into 
homes, if not murder and animal sacrifice. 
I'm sure a confrontation with the principal 
similar to the one I just had would have 
landed me a few hours of detention. Not 
only that, but I didn't want to jeopardize 
my growing record and zine collection. 
My mom didn't care at for the cover of 
Samhain's "Unholy Passion," and I didn't 
need to give her an excuse to throw them 
out. 

I never did have problems with giv- 
ing away copies of my zine at school. I 
didn't distribute maybe more than a doz- 
en and no one was interested in punk rock 
and skateboarding anyway. I've heard a 
lot stories about kids getting suspended 
from school for something they wrote in 
their zine (although it usually called "dis- 
turbing" the campus or some other euphe- 
mism for pissing off the teacher you just 
made fun of). Of some general common 
sense would probably keep most from 
getting busted, such as being sly about 
giving them away while at school. Can 
you help it if your friend brought a copy of 
your zine from home? Anonymous news- 
letters are fun, but take away the fun of 
publicly thumbing your nose at the school . 
And I'm sorry, but you should expect to 
get hauled into the principal's office if you 
draw him wearing a Nazi uniform and 
accuse him of selling the drugs he confis- 
cates from students. 



My offer of two pounds of zines for 
$3 in stamps (do not send cash!!!) still 
stands. I'm also looking for stories of Sa- 
tanism, occult, etc. in your local newspa- 
pers. Please include the name of the paper 
and date it appeared. Email me at Har- 
mon l@mail.sdsu.edu> or PO Box 15237 
San Diego, CA 92175 




Well if we're going to be getting into 
the business of reading lists now, I'll sure 
and be telling you the three Twentieth 
Century U.S. fiction (that let's H.L. Menck- 



en out) writers who seem to be neglected 
of late that I can highly recommend. Ersk- 
ine Caldwell, James T. Farrell and (native 
daughter) Shirley Jackson. Caldwell is best 
known for his sometimes humorous and 
sometimes chilling stories and novellas of 
rural (especially Southern) life with a com- 
pelling mix of clinical detachment and 
wry empathy. Farrell wrote beautifully 
about various losers (most famously, Studs 
Linguine whose short life consists mostly 
of thinking how great it would be if one 
thing or another would happen or how he 
should have done something or other that 
he hadn't; the fact that Farrell manages to 
do this for three volumes and keep the 
entertainment level high despite nothing 
much actually happening is a feat of ge- 
nius), and Shirley Jackson is best remem- 
bered for his brilliant short story "The 
Lottery" (I had to read it in junior high 
school and regular high school, but it's 
still a motherfucker) and "The Haunting 
of Hill House" (source for the great movie 
"The Haunting" as well as Matheson's 
"The Haunting of Hell House" and that 
subsequent flawed but interesting mov- 
ie), but there's much more where that 
came from (haven't read the new book of 
previously uncollected Jackson stories, 
though I can vouch for just about every- 
thing else). All three authors actually sold 
a lot of books (that is, they wrote some 
books that sold fairly well, not that they 
were hawking them at the literary equiv- 
alent of Gilman [which would be some- 
thing like a library with crummy books 
frequented by a bunch of scenesters who 
didn't really care about reading per se 
anyway]), so their books pop at thrift stores 
with some frequency. 

Then there are a few records kicking 
around my bin, so let's tackle those. The 
Bassholes "Deaf Mix Vol. 3" on In The Red 
Records is, as usual, intriguing as well as 
more consistent than some of their previ- 
ous releases. Still and all, they have yet to 
get as downright apocalyptic (as Jon 
Wayne's "Texas Funeral" did) enough at 
this kind of fucked-up rootsy thing to 
make a convert of me. They've got their 
fans, though, who I'm sure will appreciate 
this more than I. 

In the Norton Records corner, there's 
a positively swell EP ("Record Date," 
which is better than a laundry date any 
day of the week) of previously unreleased 
Texas rock 'n' roll by Gene Summers. A 
full LP ("The Ultimate School of Rock and 
Roll") is due to follow; whether it's got 
more unissued tracks or not probably 
doesn'tmattermuchtoyouwhippersnap- 
pers who don't have any Summers reis- 
sues yet, but those Texans have long had 
their own take on blues and rock and roll 
(as well as garage and punk) - you're hip 



to Ronnie Dawson's old sides and 
RokyErickson as well as Blind Lemon 
Jefferson, right? And if Blind Lemon had 
stayed down in those sunny climes, he 
wouldn't have frozen to death trying to 
find his way home through those icy Chi- 
cago streets, right? O.K., then you know 
what I'm saying. 

Also from Norton is an EP by a con- 
tempo combo, the oft-inebriated Church 
Keys. Titled "Viva Viva Rock and Roll" 
after the Chuck Berry gem of the same title 
(which they do indeed cover therein), it 
shows them to be the heirs apparent to the 
A- Bones that many have already hailed 
them. 

In the surf corner, Les Shadocks are a 
Swiss (judging from the country code of 
their fax number) instro band with an O.K. 
EP, "Mystery on the Moon" (but really, 
does the world need another version of 
"Apache"?). (Mitch Shadock Jucker, Hof- 
mattstr. 4, CH-5432 Neuenhof, Switzer- 
land). The Volcanoes bring a fuller pro- 
duction to their latest Estrus EP "Musica 
Por Proximum Millennium" (I'm sorry, 
I'm so sick of this millennial crap that it's 
hard to take even as a joke [and let's not 
forget that the next one won't be starting 
until the beginning of 2001 anno Domini]). 
As a bonus, they do a vocal number 
"Where It's Happening" (perhaps they 
should have kept the concept pure and 
sung it in Latin for extra points). 

As you may recall, the "Mondo Drive- 
In" CD got a thumbs up review from CK, 
no less, a few issues ago, though she de- 
cried the absence of an LP release. The LP 
release is now duly noted and available 
from Blood Red Records, 2134 N.E. 25th, 
Portland, OR 97212. 

But what's got my wig blasted is 
finding on the Otis Redding rarities LP, 
"It's Not Just Sentimental" (and it's not 
just sentimental! It kicks some serious ass, 
even if not as much as his live albums and 
the Charly "Come to Me" collection), a 
song that sounds as though the Mysterians 
are backing him up. Weird and wild ! Why 
this LP is just showing up in quantity now 
at the vinyl emporiums that I frequent 
when its publishing date is 1992, I don't 
know (maybe something to do with the 
new millennium approaching on Jan. 1, 
2001). Even more toupee-burning is the 
advance copy of Guitar Wolf's "Planet of 
the Wolves." Who else would have the 
raw nerve to cover the Rolling Stones, 
Teengenerate, Link Wray and the Oblivi- 
ans and put them side by side with their 
originals; more importantly, who else 
would actually be able to pull it off? No- 
body else. This is the shit, the bomb, der 
graal, the Grape Flav-R-Ade, you name it, 
all rolled up with a neat little ribbon and 
chocolate sprinkles on top. 



^Mi 





Three albums i am quite unimpressed 
with: New Riverdales LP, new Head LP, 
new Swinging Neckbreakers LP. Band whose 
records were much better than i thought they 
would be once i got around to playing them: 
The Von Zippers. Record that kicks total ass 
and you should buy right away: Spaceshits 
"Winter Dance Party" LP (one could cer- 
tainly include the dandy new Infections LP 
in this rather short list, however, i figure 
everybody's already gonna attack this one 
like a hungry shark smelling blood in the 
poster, er, water, so no editorial prodding is 
really needed. 'Sides, nobody likes a boot- 
licker. However, since it has been brought 
to my attention that inclusion of the Infec- 
tions in my industry-standard Rock Band 
Holy Trinity would yield me a copy of the 
Spastics 45 with the rare b-side, let me take 
this opportunity to publicly post a revised 
Holy Trinity, accurate as of 2:30 PM CDT 
9.13.97, consisting of the aforementioned 
Infections, the Spaceshits, and Loli & the 
Chones. BY DECREE OF IMPERIAL ODIN, 
SO BE IT! The Donnas, previous Holy Trin- 
ity front-runners, have been placed [right- 
ly or wrongly] on the "inactive" list, owing 
to scuttlebutt indicating that their post- 
secondary EDUCATION [note! note! this 
issue of MRR has an EDUCATION theme! 
this is a very exciting topical excursion for 
a punk mag, i'm sure you'll agree, and my 
compliance must be important, as i re- 
ceived not one but TWO official e-mails on 
the subject, so i'm happy as a worm in a bag 
of Uncle Ben's Rice (true story, but not in 
any way connected to the Uncle Ben men- 
tioned last month, slain in cold blood due 
to moral torpor on the part of his friendly 
neighborhood Spider-Man™} to fulfill my 
contractual obligation thusly, although, 
quite frankly, what we need are less "theme 
issues" involving also-ran topics like edu- 
cation, and MORE of 'em like the legend- 
ary "All-Japan" issue. By golly, i'm sure 
many of our loyal readers will agree that 
international relations were only setback a 
fraction of what they could have been with 
that issue, and the job could be done a lot 
more effectively if MRR were to publish 
said issue as a joint venture with The Probe. 
LESS EDUCATION! MORE MASTURBA- 
TION! But i undress] was leading to a de 
facto dismembering of the band, ergo boot- 
ing them into the Holy Trinitus Emeritus 
category and out of active bandly duty. Of 



course, i also heard they were recording an 
album for Lookout, so whadda i know? 
[course, i heard all this stuff like third-hand 
(the only questions i actually personally 
put to any Donna when they were in town 
were if they wanted any of my cookie ((an- 
swers: yes, no, yes, i just want to pick the 
M&M's out of it)) and if Donna F ((i dunno 
what the "F" stands for, but i suspect it is a 
word that rhymes with "uckable")) thought 
my newfangled white leather quasi-plat- 
form Chuck Taylors made my feet resem- 
ble those of vintage 78 Ace Frehley ((an- 
swer: yes. WHOO-HOO!))}] [actually, while 
the Donnasdid unquestionably sort of rock 
the adoring Titletown throng last month, 
they rocked in a very definite "second com- 
ing of the Runaways" motif, as opposed to 
rocking in what one could term the Classic 
Donnas Rocking Tradition. Since i own 
exactly Runaways records, one could 
rightly assume tha t i was not exactly stirred 
to dizzying heights of passion and frenzy 
the first time around for the Young Adult 
Hard Rock Vixen Sound; and, although i 
do not disapprove of runaway Runaway- 
sism per se, it's not really the type of musical 
angle i embrace with best-band-in-the- 
world type ardor, as opposed to'the Classic 
Donnas Rocking Tradition, which is. Ergo, 
were the Donnas not bumped from the 
Holy Trinity to the inactive list, the best 
chart placement they could hope to achieve 
with their current "Queens of Noise, Part 
II" modus operandi (don't you loathe all 
these italicized foreign terms? I certainly 
do, but i like to spread the discomfort 
around equitably. As the French say, quel 
fromage] would be the number four spot, 
so, in order to spare them this indignity, i 
shall allow them to resign from active duty 
with full rank. Just doin' it for the kids, man 
(although a high-school-attendin', female 
Donnas fan friend o' mine's comment that 
"they weren't dressed in black, they had 
glitter on their faces and they looked like 
the kind of girls I beat up in school" is 
indeed going to be a bit difficult to finesse 
their way out of, should there come an 
eventual reckoning for these types of things 
— however, the fact that they delivered 
swell covers of "Speedin' Back To My Baby" 
off the Ace Frehley solo album and Sweet's 
"Wig Warn Bam" but yet gave absolutely 
no indication of knowing "Backstreet 
Noise" by Nick Gilder can merely written 
off to mental errors on the part of upper 
management). I mean, i'm sorry, but Sec- 
ond-Coming-Of-The-Runaways-Ismisjust 
bad business, for whither lurks the poten- 
tial of being the second Runaways, so too 
doth loom the potentiality of being the 
second Venus & The Razorblades — and, 
as anyone who latched on to a copy of that 
particular treasure in the 25c bin in 1980 
can attest to, that's not exactly cause for 



universal rejoicing (although, come to think 
of it, i guess Kim Fowley did co-write two of 
the songs on Kiss's "Destroyer" album — 
although, come to think about that, i'm not 
so sure there's a lotta bragging rights at- 
tached to that either}] Regardless, the call 
stands: Donnas OUT of the Holy Trinity, 
Infections IN. Donnas LP will tangle with 
the Infections LP at the end of the year for 
the 1997 season Vince Lombardi Trophy, 
and all interested parties are more than 
welcome to keep the bribes coming [i'm 
sure everybody's got that Rip Off 45 by 
now, "Here Come The Bribes"? (actually, 
i'm sure the first thing Greg did after sign- 
ing the Bribes, er, Brides was to send them 
out into the streets of Chicago to try and 
find his goddamn bass!}] [while this prob- 
ably should not have been the case, the 
relatively thoroughly cranium-punting 
grandeur (hey! italicize that!} of the Infec- 
tions alb'm was a mild surprise (or, more 
correctly, "would have been" a mild sur- 
prise had not my advance scouting parties 
clued me in to its nascent swellness), since 
the two songs on their earlier 45 were even- 
ly split down party lines of "great" and 
"shit" ("Kill For You" being the one that 
wasn't shit}, and witnessing them live last 
year gave no solid indication that their 
repertory trout pond was stocked with any 
lunker tuneage other than "Kill For You," 
which was originally a Rip Offs song any- 
ways, i guess. Looks like somebody cracked 
the whip at the Hunters Point equivalent of 
Tin Pan Alley, 'cause the only song on the 
album that i officially deem too stupid to 
live is "Pretty And Pink" — and even that 
is not-uncharming in its exploration of the 
rock'n'roll /female wee-wee connection, 
which, as one might have surmised from 
last month's column, i myself take more 
than a passing interest in. HOWEVER! Now 
that i have broached the sordid topic of the 
sucky song on the Infections 45, as well as 
mentioning the Donnas in the same breath 
(i take rather deep breaths), who them- 
selves have been known to mention Motley 
Criie and Poison with some type of inexpli- 
cable reverence (actually, the reverence is 
probably quite explicable, but i choose not 
to think about it too much} in their song 
lyrics (imagine my shock when, upon re- 
ceipt of a Donnas Fan Club Book ((which i 
got for free, hence should probably consid- 
er a bribe, and respect as such. Okay, the 
Donnas are back in the Holy Trinity. Who 
didn't grease my palm yet? The Spaceshits 
gave me one measly poster — goddammit, i 
want a copy of the Rat City 45 or you jokers are 
history! And Loli & the Chones haven't 
given me SHIT! What the fuck is this? / 
NEED MORE FREE STUFF, YA BAS- 
TARDS!!!)), i learned that the line i had 
foolishly thought was "Monday I wassmokin ' 
dope/Tuesday I checked into chope" actually 



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WAS "Monday I was smokin' dope/Tuesday I 
checked into chope!" Next thing ya know, i'll 
be findin' out that the guy in the Suicide 
Commandos actually is singing "I need a 
cunt, I need a muff, I need a guy in a gym " in 
"Real Cool"...}, as well as making reference 
to certain covert West Coast Operatives 
who funnel important advance insider in- 
formation to my Midwestern nerve center 
that i may grow and thrive as well as any of 
us second-class citizens can be expected to 
do, and from whom i learned that the, for 
want of me expending the quarter-erg of 
mental energy it would take to think of a 
better term for the shit, "Motley Criie/ 
Poison thing" is beginning to make some 
type of re{?}surgence (perhaps merely a 
surgence} in Pacific Coast hipster enclaves 
(e.g. the most recent Bobbyteens 45, which, 
i feel, pretty much blows relative to their 
excellent debut outing ((hey, man, every 
second this alleged Motley Crue/Poison 
thing delays them from recording a cover 
of "Bubble Gum" by the Cichlids is a crime 
against nature!)) ((i'm gonna re-write "Hey 
Roxy" in honor of former Green Bay Pack- 
ers useless piece-of-shit sawed-off loud- 
mouth first-round-draft-pick comerback 
and current Miami Dolphins useless piece- 
of-shit sawed-off loudmouth cornerback 
Terrell Buckley, and it's gonna go "HEY- 
HEY-HEY BUCKLEY! HOW'D YOU GET 
SO UCKLY? " and it's gonna sell millions of 
copies in Wisconsin and the AFC East re- 
gion [[Prediction: Pats return to Super Bowl! 
Packers watch on TV! If it's Tampa Bay the 
Packers are watching, i'm defecting to the 
CFL! Pinball demons!!! Pinball Clemons!!!]]. 
Holy fuck, how'd you like to be in the 
Riverdales and go through the rest of your 
existence with fucking Buckley's number 
tattooed on your arm? Ye gads! [[the funni- 
est thing is when i take a leak when i'm 
wearinga Riverdales t-shirt. Should i chance 
to look down to inspect how the process is 
going, all i can think of is how their shirt 
design looks like a 27 — Terrell Buckley's 
number of the Least — ringed by the phrase 
"Lo-Cal PunkRock." It gets me every time! 
Pee-pee goes everywhere!]] and i'm never 
gonna hafta work another day in my life))}, 
please allow me to state, for the record, 
that, as of 4:45 PM CDT9.14.97, and, in fact, 
since the dawn of recorded history, POI- 
SON AND MOTLEY CRUE FUCKIN' 
SUCK. They sucked then. They suck now. 
There is no possible way i can envision the 
tides'n'eddiesof the Rock Continuum shift- 
ing in such a way that somehow, someday, 
they will not suck. They are not good bands. 
They did not make good records. PLEASE STOP 
ME IF THIS IS TOO ADVANCED A CON- 
CEPT FOR YOU TO GET A HANDLE ON 
RIGHT NOW. I mean, they weren't, like, 
the worst bands in the world, like The 
Mistakes, or Pennywise, or whoever, but 



they were definitely not good. "Talk Dirty 
To Me" by Poison was an okay song, i 
guess, although if i really wanted to hear a 
scrubbed-up, tamed-down, FM rock neu- 
tering of Cheap Trick's "She's Tight," i'd go 
watch fuckin', fuckin' HEARTBEAT or 
somebody cover it in the cocktail lounge of 
the Ashwaubenon Ramada Inn; at least 
they got free food during happy hour there. 
I saw Poison. I'm somewhere in the crowd 
footage in the "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" 
video. Let me tell ya, they were no John F. 
KennedyiTheyfuckingBIT.TheySUCKED. 
They had virtually NO decent songs. They 
WERE NOT GOOD. Their bass player — 
no better a player than i am, and that's 
saying something — and drummer were 
particularly inept. Their guitar player might 
have been good, but who the fuck cares? 
They were top-to-bottom lousy. I mean, 
they were sort of a tolerable lousy, but 
lousy just the same (more Norb-vs.-Poison 
trivia: 1) when i used to deliver pizzas, i 
once waited for an elevator at the Embassy 
Suites hotel with Bret Michaels. Two ar- 
rived at the same time; i got in one, he & his 
bodyguard got in the other. Remind me to 
lay off the pancake base. 2) The high point, 
in my eyes, of the Poison concert which i 
attended was their completely stupefyin' 
choice of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" by the 
((presumably)) venerable Tiny Bradshaw 
as their encore. I mean, i guess it's not that 
stupefyin', considering Aerosmith ((who 
were actually a good band at one point in 
time and who, let the record show, made a 
number of good records)) used to do it, but 
i'm not so sure Aerosmith's fan base was 
composed mostly of ugly junior high girls 
with hairy arms. Anyway, for years'n'years, 
standard Rock Procedure for performing 
this song has involved a rather simple call- 
and-response process during the chorus 
whereby the band sings "TRAIN KEPT A- 
ROLLIN'!" , with the audience following 
that up with "ALL NIGHT LONG!". Why 
Poison thought the mullet-coiffed adoles- 
cent hordes in attendance were hip to this 
i'll never know, but the scenario played out 
as follows: Singer TRAIN KEPT A-ROLL- 
IN'! ((holds mic out to crowd)) Crowd: ??? 
Singer: TRAIN KEPT A-ROLLIN'! ((" ")) 
Crowd: ??? ...it was a thing of great beau- 
ty}. Motley Criie were more pro-actively 
unlistenable, by my standards, with the 
notable difference between them'n'Poison 
being that they kind of, um, i dunno, kicked 
ass when i saw 'em live — which is no mean 
feat, considering i don't like any of their 
songs whatsoever except for "Kick Start 
My Heart." The highlight of their set, apart 
from neat lasers, was when their drummer 
introduced his new Wacky Drum Contrap- 
tion, a flying saucer-slash-monorail thingie 
enabling him to play a drum solo (whoo) 
whilst slowly traveling above the crowd. 



Apparently, on the previous tour, he'd had 
a different Wacky Drum Contraption, and, 
as he introduced Wacky Drum Contrap- 
tion II to the crowd (singer's worst night- 
mare: drummer with a microphone), he 
said (and i'm paraphrasing} "DOYOUALL 
REMEMBER THE WACKY DRUM CON- 
TRAPTION I HAD LAST TIME WE 
PLAYED IN TOWN???" — and there was 
this strange second of stunned silence, fol- 
lowed by the inevitable "YYYYYEAAHH- 
HHHHH!" I later found out that the mo- 
ment of silence was due to the fact that 
Motley Criie had never played in Green Bay 
before. So it was like hmm, do we remember 
that? YEAH, SURE, OF COURSE WE RE- 
MEMBER THAT!!! WHOOOOH! WHAT 
A FUCKING GREAT SHOW THAT WAS, 
DUUUUDEH! THE WORLD IS FLAT!!! 
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY!!! ROCK!!! 
ROCK!!! ROCK!!! Truly the supreme 1 984 
rock'n'roll moment, except thatithappened 
in like 1990. My only other dealings with 
The Criie was that i picked up a used copy 
of the original "Too Fat For Love" LP on 
Leathiir Records (shitty fucking record, 
like if the Paul Collins Beat were transves- 
tites and tried to pass off watered-down 
Sweet and Cheap Trick swipes as "rock." 
Lousy fucking band} for eight bucks, and 
turned around and sold it to some moron 
kid for $100 (you read that right, ONE 
HUNDRED CLAMS}, and took twenty 
bucks of that hundred and scored a copy of 
the first Supercharger record (back when 
you could get 'em for only $20, although i 
have to wonder if the bootleg and the reis- 
sue on Estrus has collapsed the market any 
((oh, and speaking of the Estrus reissue, as 
of 5:37 PM CDT 9.14.97, the original ver- 
sion of "Zodiac" kicks total fucking ass on 
the Rip Offs' cover of same [[more trivia: i 
used to think the song went "hey, I'm okay, 
when I lay on the zodiac" and was about 
picking up chicks by asking them their 
sign. Seriously!]]))} — my net cost on this 
item being a juicy negative-seventy-two 
dollars, which, some would say, is "about 
right. " So, anyway, Motley Criie could fuck- 
in' play, dude — but, COME ON, they still 
sucked. Hard. If anybody can explain to me 
some feasible way that Motley Criie and 
Poison might not suck, i'll send you a prize 
of some kind. Idunno what. Probably the 
rest of my Brain Formula with Gingko Bilo- 
ba™, you probably need it worse than i do] 
[ironically enough, this passive mention of 
brain-related merriment seems to wish to 
steer me back towards the topic of EDU- 
CATION. How unfortunate. Okay, my 
main Beef-a-Roo™ with America's schools 
is that the people who aren't irresponsible 
morons ( the minority, obviously} are shov- 
eled into a system designed to forcibly 
provide a lowest-common-denominator 
education for people who are irresponsible 



Cpiwy^> 



and moronic. This wastes VAST hunks of 
time for the non-morons, and, of course, 
inevitably winds up not only not educating 
them to their fullest potential, but moron- 
izing them as well. Case in point: yours 
truly. I used to be a brilliant little kid . I could 
read at age 3 (not to mention identify all 
existing NFL team helmets, which helped 
my dad win several drink bets down at the 
local waterin' hole. HEY, I CAN ACTUAL- 
LY STILL DO THAT! I AM GIFTED! I AM 
TALENTED! WHOOPEE!), blah blah blah, 
so when i started goin' to school, they had 
me attend the next higher grade's reading 
and math classes, which i don't recall as 
being overly challenging, either, However, 
due to my fabled lack of social skills, the 
powers-that-be decided that i was sort of 
too much of a freak to handle being just 
plain skipped-up a grade with people a 
year older than i was, so i kept on doing the 
homeroom stuff with the kids my age, in 
hopes i would become less of a spaz {i'm 
not so sure that worked}. Anyway, long 
about fifth grade, the powers realized that 
once i became a sixth-grader, it being a K- 
6 elementary school and all, they'd have no 
place to send me for math & reading. So, in 
fifth grade, they put me in math & reading 
with the mid-level sixth graders, instead of 
the upper level students they usually stuck 
me with. Then, when i got in sixth grade, i 
got to take the same classes over again, but this 
time with the upper-level sixth graders — 
so my whole fucking payoff for being a 
smart little kid was that, in essence, i got to 
take sixth grade twice. Once as a fifth 
grader, and once as a sixth grader. Quality 
use of human resources? You tell me. They 
basically slowed me down to the mental 
pace of everybody else merely because it 
was convenient. THEY MADE ME A MO- 
RON, and i LET THEM make me a moron, 
much to my eternal regret {needless to say, 
it was like an eight-foot fluorescent light- 
bulb exploding in my head the first time i 
heard the line "they made you a moron/a 
potential H-bomb!" in "God Save The 
Queen," as, goddammit, they did make me 
a moron, and the wonderful fact that i 
might also be a dang H-bomb had never 
occurred to me ((although i probably mis- 
understood that line, and he was really 
singing "I need a cunt, I need a muff, I need a 
guy in a gym" or something))) {they also 
made me a jerk, but i've decided that's sort 
of an indispensible social skill, and fuck 
you if you don't like it|. Anyway, if you 
honestly, in your hearts of hearts, think 
you are not yet a moron, and legitimately 
believe there is a real and present danger of 
you falling prey to the moronmakers, 
JESUS FUCKING GOD, DO WHATEV- 
ER IT TAKES TO ELUDE THEIR 
CLUTCHES. Drop out of school, run away 
from home, join a monastery, join the cir- 



cus, make your parents send you to genius 
school with Bart Simpson, whatever — just 
don't let them moronize you, or you'll wind 
up being some weird old goofball who 
can't do much else but make bad puns and 
get good scores on video trivia machines. 
However, if you're already a moron — 
and, if you read this far, i'd assume you are 
— don't do any of that aforementioned 
stuff, you'll just get in trouble {and, as the 
Automatics said, we don't want trouble!) — 
and, hey, there's at least a little hope — 
regardless of how stupid public schools 
made me, i still came away with enough 
goddamn horse sense to know that Poison 
and Motley Crue fuckin' bite!!!]). Thanks. 




August 1997, there were more GG 
sightings this month since his supposed 
funeral. (We all know Tim Yo made up 
those coffin photos with his PowerMac.) 
Well, the end of the summer brings on the 
fall harvest of good scandalous gossip and 
here it is. 

Martin Sprouse has a handlebar mus- 
tache. He also claims he's King of Albania, 
but that's another story. 

This guy Winston Smith who did a lot 
of art for bands like DEAD KENNEDYS 
and major label GREEN DAY has designed 
T-shirts for the current ROLLING STONES 
tour. The ROLLING STONES are punk 
now tho, haven't you heard? 

Poor Fat Mike. The cops gave him 
such a hard time because of his "PUNK 
GUY" license pla tes that he had to get rid of 
them. Mike should have learned from the 
Chips punk episode that Jon hates punks 
even if it means not wooing the new wave 
chick at the local disco. He also bought the 
recording studio where all the Fat Records 
bands get forced to have the same lame 
guitar sound. This way he can charge the 
bands the retail rate and pay the wholesale 
price. He also has a drum instructor on 
premise to teach punk drummers how to 
pretend they're playing fast. 

Jessica, tenor saxophonist of LESS 
THAN JAKE quit the band after shooting 
their new video. It seems the execs at Cap- 
itol Records want them to go from Ska- 
Punk to Gangsta-ska-punk complete with 
little record scratchin'. Jess said no and quit 
the band in favor of being a cover girl for 



the next issue of The Probe. 

Mike Cheese from GEHENNA 
stabbed three people at their show in Reno 
with a pair of scissors and got the FSU 
Warehouse closed down for good 

Ex-PROPAGANDHI'er John Samp- 
son was beat up in Minneapolis by a local 
Peace Punk band for being a "friggin Ca- 
nuck." Yeah, go back where ya came from 
poutine breath! 

HECKLE broke up and guitarist Steve 
is now playing in ENSIGN. Former bass 
player Chris forgot how to play so he set- 
tled on being a roadie for ENSIGN as long 
as he gets all the chicks under the age of 15. 
BOBBA FETT YOUTH sued by 
George Lucas. He aims to collect the $4.50 
in profits that the band has made since their 
demo tape sold out. 

Marc Ruvolo of NO EMPATHY was 
caught smoking crack at the Fireside Bowl 
in Chicago. Onlookers noted that the new 
SCREECHING WEASEL record was play- 
ing over the P.A. at the time. 

Speaking of Chicago's own pop-punk 
legend it seems that the past year of fight- 
ing between Lookout and Ben Weasel has 
ended exactly how you'd not guess. Ben 
has now withdrawn from FAT and given 
the SW discography back to Lookout. To 
make things sweeter Chrisser has given 
Ben his own sub-label called Panic Button 
Records, much to the chagrin of Mordam 
Records, who must now distribute releases 
by one of their least favori te people. Stranger 
things have happened I suppose. Tony from 
Victory was once threatened with sodomy 
by INTEGRITY and two years later he paid 
them thousands of dollars to put out their 
album. 

Getting back to Lookout there's lots 
of good stuff this month. Larry got his first 
check of his million dollarbuyoutand went 
to LA and bought himself a star on Holly- 
wood Blvd. While he was out of town 
NYC'ers FURIOUS GEORGE played at 
Gilman St. to a booing and hollering crowd. 
Some fat kid was ousted from the club 
when he allegedly started throwing rotten 
fish at Senor Tabb. Other stories point the 
finger at Tim Yo and Greedy Bastard editor 
Bill Florio as the seafood hurlers. The smell 
hit the crowd and 7 people fainted. In any 
case George actually had to take his shirt 
off since it reeked of rotten fish guts. 17 
people fainted at an all-too-close-to-naked 
George Tabb. Coincidentally the next morn- 
ing there was trouble at the Lookout 
Records store. It seems that FG or some of 
their fans had used the mail slot as a urinal. 
This also screwed up all the phone lines 
and nobody could charge someone's mom's 
credit card or access the computer network 
and figure out which of the 22 different 
record titles had been sold that day. Jesse 
Blatz called a private dick to dust for penis 



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prints on the mail slot. Unfortunately the 
only prints found were Chrissers and the 
detective concluded that Mr. Applecore 
must have been boinking Molly through 
the door so he wouldn't have to listen to her 
whine about how he can never satisfy her 
sexually. This was followed by a strange 
attack at the Lookout headquarters as well. 
It seems two women dressed like hipster 
showroom clerks burst into the back door 
and threw a bunch of toothbrushes and 
epilady's on the floor. They then turned on 
their boom box and started blasting GREEN 
DAY songs amidst their loud conversation 
about the Chrysler Corporation. Makes 
sense so far, right? Then a few minutes later 
two guys in towels and flip-flops come up 
the back stairs and start brushing their 
teeth and shaving their legs (one of them 
tried using the epilady on his moustache 
but his hollering got the attention of the 
Lookout people.) Molly burst in and start- 
ed yelling, she kicked over the boom box 
and asked the women to shut-up and made 
a request that the guys save shaving their 
bikini lines 'til she had left the room. She 
asked if this was some sort of political 
demonstration and then when Chris came 
in she asked him if he knew what was 
going on. Chris never knows what's going 
on and he managed to break up the little 
party just as the person dressed as a danc- 
ing bear arrived. 

ME FIRST AND THE GIMMIE GIM- 
MIE'S get into a brawl on stage with the 
CANDY SNATCHERS in Virginia Beach. 
The hometown bands equipment gets 
trashed but Larry the singer of The CS 
managed to steal all of GIMMIE GIMMIE's 
drugs as well as half a case of transmission 
fluid. Supplicant zine is getting sued for 
printing photos of the dead PENNYWISEr. 

Max's Kansas City, the famed 70's 
punk hangout is re-opening in midtown 
Manhattan as something like a Hard Rock 
Caf of punk. Its going right in the hotel 
districts as a special treat to Japanese tour- 
ists. 

I've been hearing a whole bunch of 
stuff about Jed, the ex-bassist of FYP. Well 
for one, he's not really dead. He wasn't 
quite smart enough to fake his own death 
but I guess he just took off and forgot to tell 
anyone he planned to keep on living. He 
spent most of the past year in a dungeon 
with a group of dominatrixes mastering 
the art of cock-and-ball torture, dildo-train- 
ing, sissy-maid training and cross-dress- 
ing. He was recognized by Blag from the 
DWARVES on one of his visits to the sex 
shop. Blag and Jed went drinking and when 
Blag learned that Jed had bitten that fakey- 
ourowndeath thing he beat the crap out of 
him and Jed hasn't been seen since. 

Ray Beez, singer from WARZONE 
died of an overdose. 



THE CRUMBS made an attempt to do 
a tour without their founder Chuck "Chick- 
enhead" Loose. They started off buying a 
window-tasseled-low-rider-van and spent 
the first half of their tour trying to figure 
out why a mechanic in Alabama wouldn't 
fix it and spent the second half of the trip 
looking for a place to pee in Berkeley other 
than the Lookout mail slot. 




It's the end of the school day. Eighth 
hour has just let out and students are filter- 
ing out of the building. Another day has 
passed, and I feel now is as good a time as 
any to sit down and reflect on my experi- 
ences as a teacher. I teach high school social 
studies at a public school here in Milwau- 
kee. School's been in almost a week now. 
The first week is always a struggle, as stu- 
dents and teachers attempt to reacclimate 
themselves to being in school once again. 
Confusion reigns supreme as everyone set- 
tles into their new schedules and deals 
with the new policies instituted by both the 
school board and the principal. The biggest 
new wrinkle in our lives this year is a 
computer program (created by our princi- 
pal) designed to create schedules for the 
students. Unfortunately, the bugs in this 
particular system have not been worked 
out, and virtually all of the schedules the 
students received were wildly inaccurate. 
On top of this, mixing old teachers with 
computers is a dangerous mix, and many 
of the older teachers are viewing the use of 
this program and computers in general 
with open hostility. Yes, it is a typical open- 
ing week. 

So you want to be a teacher! 

This is a special education issue of 
MRR. I'm sure this issue is filled with all 
sorts of educational issues, problems and 
solutions. I'd like to spend this column 
discussing my experience with teaching in 
the public schools, and direct it primarily 
towards those individuals who are con- 
templating becoming teachers. Recently I 
have been struck by how many punk kids 
are seriously considering becoming teach- 
ers, or are already student teaching. So I 
guess I'd like to share what I've learned in 
the past couple of years. I firmly believe 
that teaching is a calling. It differs from 
many other careers in that most individu- 
als who choose to teach do so not simply in 



pursuit of a paycheck, but out of a desire to 
make an impact on the lives of their stu- 
dents. I can tell you from my own experi- 
ence, this is possible. I have also learned 
that you can learn very quickly whether or 
not teaching is what you wish to pursue. 
Everyone I have spoken to who has taught 
in the classroom agrees with me on one 
point. After teaching a lesson for the very 
first time, you will either want to teach for 
the rest of your life, or you will know you 
never want to step foot in front of a class 
again. 

You can make a real difference in the 
lives of your students. This can take place 
on a variety of levels. For instance, you can 
become personally involved in the lives of 
your students. Last year I worked at an 
alternative school for kids who have been 
identified as "delinquents". These students 
had a history of difficulty in their school 
careers, and also had run-ins with the law. 
As a result, the court system ordered them 
to attend my school. All of the students 
attended under court order. The home lives 
of these students was beyond description. 
Virtually all of our students were from 
broken and abusive homes. Many of them 
lived in group homes after being given up 
or taken away from their parents. They led 
difficult lives. As a teacher, I was provided 
with the opportunity to help these stu- 
dents, not only with academics, but also 
with their daily struggles. They allowed 
me into their lives, confiding in me, and 
asking me for advice. It was not an intru- 
sive move on my part, after the students 
got to know me, and learned to trust me (a 
remarkable step for many of my students), 
they increasingly came to me with their 
problems. Sometimes I was able to help, 
with a call to their employers, or a kind 
letter to their parole officers and the courts. 
As a teacher, you're afforded some level of 
authority in such matters, and you are able 
to use it to benefit your students. 

On a strictly academic level, it is an 
amazing thing to witness a student learn a 
new skill. There is a moment when you 
can almost see the light bulb go off over 
their heads, and see the understanding 
dawn on their faces. It may seem like a 
trivial matter, but it is anything but trivial 
to the student. For example, last year I had 
a student named Joe. Joe was a sixth grad- 
er and was having difficulty with long 
division. I took twenty minutes a day to 
work with Joe on his division. He strug- 
gled with it for over a week. And yet he 
kept trying. One Monday morning, he 
understood. The process became clear to 
him and he lit up with the excitement of it. 
Each new day Joe would burst into my 
room and ask me for more long division 
for him to work on. He worked on it 
during class, he worked on it during lunch. 



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He even took problems home to work on. 
This may seem like a small step for you 
and I, but for Joe, it was a great triumph 
and something he took tremendous pride 
in. He could do it, and he was proud. It is 
for these moments that I teach. 

A Story of The Bureaucracy 
I live in a state where the governor is 
attempting to severely slash spending on 
schools. This last fiscal year he was able to 
pass legislation that cut one million dol- 
lars on at-risk student programs in the 
state. This translated into 15 student seats 
for every school that dealt specifically with 
at-risk students. At the same time, the 
governor has enacted severe limitations 
on welfare and is currently seeking to 
built another maximum security peniten- 
tiary. Wisconsin has declared war on the 
poor. The actions of the governor and the 
state legislature have made it clear they 
would rather punish than educate the poor. 
My school was one of the schools that was 
immediately affected by these decisions. 
As a result, our enrollment went from 45 
students to 30. This cut also translated into 
the loss of a teacher. And so I found myself 
out of a job. If you choose to become a 
teacher in the public schools, you will 
always be at the mercy of your school 
board and state legislature. Whether or 
not you are thinking of becoming a teach- 
er, please educate yourself on educational 
issues in your state and community. Take 
action. 

On Content 
After being released from Project 
Excel (the school for at-risk students) I 
came to work at Kilmer High School. Kilm- 
er is also an alternative school which fo- 
cuses on helping students graduate from 
high school. Some of our students have 
been chronic truants. Others have lost time 
after having children or being locked up. 
Working within the institutionalized sys- 
tem of the public schools there is an oppor- 
tunity to expose students to a wide variety 
of knowledge they may not otherwise en- 
counter. In this case, working in a large 
school or school system can be beneficial. 
Oftentimes, administrators care much 
more about classroom discipline than the 
content being taught in your classroom. 
As long as my students are not being 
disruptive, all of the administrators I have 
encountered have given me free reign with 
regard to both teaching style and content. 
I am a social studies teacher. There is a 
certain amount of content that is neces- 
sary to deliver to your students; the Civil 
War, World War I, etc... I have learned that 
it is possible to cover this material in about 
a third of the school year. The rest of the 
time I can spend on the content of my 
choice. I have chosen to use Howard Zinn's 
"People's History of the United States" as 



our textbook. It is possible to expose stu- of who were being trained to serve who 

dents to not only the history traditionally were still very prominent. This in essence is 

taught in the classroom, but also to the the factory of classism. Book smart stu- 

stories of the labor unions, the histories of dents would go on to college not necessar- 

the indigenous peoples, the struggles of ily because they were smarter than other 

migrant workers and more. Last year, we students, but because they came from an 

were able to cover a unit of human rights economic and social position that quanti- 

in which students used the internet to fied them as college material. Public educa- 

research the cases of political prisoners tion reinforces this social stratification. The 

throughout the world. Students then were onset of the digital age and the internet is 

able to write to, or on behalf of whichever where the arena for change is. 
prisoner of conscience they chose. Teach- Nicholas Negroponte wrote in Being 

ing can be an opportunity to broaden the Digital that the three primary benefits to 



understanding of your students, as well as 
encouraging them to take action on the 
beliefs they develop. This having been 
said, it is important not to openly advocate 
viewpoints to your students. Provide in- 
formation and allow them to critically eval- 
uate the information you provide and de- 
velop their own ideas and beliefs. I can't 
promise you that your experience will be 



society as a whole from the net are 1) De- 
centralization, 2) Globalization, 3) and Hu 
manization. 

Decentralization: as seen through Cost 
Advantages.: Why are certain public 
schools better than others in terms of future 
opportunities and education value avail- 
able to students. Economics. Inner city and 
rural schools with poor education funding 



identical to mine. It is my understanding do not provide the same level of education 

that schools in suburban and rural areas as students from well funded strong tax 

are much more critical and restrictive on based suburban communities. Access to 

what and how curriculum may be deliv- information costs money, and the people 

ered. These have simply been the experi- who have the money to pay for it are going 

ences that have passed through-my head to spend it on there community. This en- 

in the past hour or so. Teaching can be sures a future return to the communities 

frustrating, enlightening, angering and work force and parental piece of mind that 

inspiring. It is a challenge, and it can be there kid is going to get into Harvard, 

immensely rewarding, despite institution- Labor, text books, utilities, transportation, 



al limitations and constraints. 

Thanks for taking the time to read 
this, if you have any questions about what 
I've written, or just want to get in touch, 
please do. My address is Daniel Gate- 
wood c/o Sound Off, PO Box 340954, Mil- 
waukee, WI 53234 or email me at: 
DG9336@aol.com Thanks. 




When I was in high school, there was 
a very definitive line as to who would go on 
to higher education and professional 
career,s and those who would work in the 
service industry or other related trades. 
This was the difference between Vocation- 
al Education and the "book smart" educa- 
tion. After high school I occasionally would 
teach class at Adult Education / Alterna- 
tive Education. Adult Education was sup- 
posed to replace the stigmatism that were 
affiliated with students in Vocational Edu- 
cation programs, and provide more of a 
"book smart"curriculum. The dividing lines 



facilities are all items that the quality of 
which are related to how much is paid for 
them. Here,s a case example. 

I moved from a middle income sub- 
urb of Maryland to a small Michigan city in 
the middle of my high school years. The 
school I transferred to into Michigan was 
underfunded in comparison to the school I 
had gone to in Maryland. The high school 
in Michigan was trying to enroll me in the 
same class 2 times a day because they had 
only a limited number of qualified teachers 
to teach certain subjects. The alternative 
was that I had to spend part of my high 
school day and night school attending class- 
es at the local community college. My 17 
year old brother who just began his senior 
year at the same school is now having to do 
the same thing. 

What is partially keeping the stratifi- 
cation of public schools in tact is the inabil- 
ity of school bureaucracy to match the in- 
flows, number of students, and outflows, 
cost per student, at an equilibrium. The 
education bureaucracy has never been able 
to maintain a budget or creatively compen- 
sate for student needs; the argument as to 
why business run private / specialized 
schools are much better than public school. 
I could sit here now and draft a budget for 
a school year that would cost a hell of a lot 
less than per student costs are now, and 
would have a much stronger education 
value. The reason; the internet. Here 



is 




where Negroponte,s theory of decentrali- 
zation applies. There is no longer the need 
for the existing infrastructure of public edu- 
cation. A very brief summary of how I would 
recommend the reformation of education 
on a infrastructure level. One and most im- 
portantly is the replacement of textbooks 
with internet workstations. You can buy at 
a consumer retail price (a hell of lot more 
than if you are buying quantities for educa- 
tion) a workstation for approximately 
$500.00. Students are now provided with 
one text book that is portable, contains the 
entire library of congress several times over, 
the ability to be updated on content in min- 
utes vs. years, the ability to be interactive 
and respond to questions, and the ability to 
be written by the student about whatever 
there interest is. 

Home schooling or at least neighbor- 
hood schooling is more practical now 
through the net. The cost of schools them- 
selves and there operation could be elimi- 
nated by the utilization of neighborhood 
facilities such as community centers or even 
home schooling via the net. It is is feasible to 
have teacher to student net work connec- 
tions and maintain the human interaction of 
teaching. As a freshman at Michigan State, 
one of my favorite classes was an intro to 
Waterloo Basic programing class, virtually 
useless and unheard of than and now. The 
reason this was such a memorable class to 
me was the delivery. As students we didn't 
attend a lecture hall. The class was conduct- 
ed over a cable network; way back in 1989 
before any one ever though of using data 
networks. I literally went to class by turning 
the TV channel in my dorm room to the 
classes internal campus channel. 

GLOBALIZATION: There,s a whole 
big world out there and we need to know it 
all I used to watch the Jetson's a lot. There,s 
an episode where the son is leaving for 
school and his mother reminds him not to 
forget to bring his rain boots for the field trip 
to Germany that day. We might not be as far 
along as being able to go to Germany for the 
day, but we can at least attend class with 
peers in other parts of the world, public 
schools are such a homogenized experi- 
ence. When I moved to my high school in 
Michigan from Maryland, the rest of the 
school was in awe of me being a real live 
punk rocker, and I remember standing in 
the hall way during my first day of school 
almost ready to cry because there were so 
many cowboy boots and hats fluttering 
down the hall. We as a society and particu- 
larly in our education experience need ex- 
posure and communication with different 
elements of the world. Our fears and in turn 
our limitations are self imposed because we 
have a safe space in which we live. School 
reinforces this. Look at integrated schools. I 
think the idea of exposing different student 



populations to one another is fantastic, but 
the tactic in which most school systems do 
this is questionable. The reason so much 
trouble and divisiveness occurs in integrat- 
ed schools isn't because of the racial differ- 
ences, but the cultural diversity is so foreign 
to status quo. You don,t see school adminis- 
trations shipping off white kids into the 
ghetto. 

What if all of us anit-nationalists got 
our wish today and all national boundaries 
faded. We wouldn't know how to handle it 
as a society . Through the net we can conduct 
education no longer as the traditional Amer- 
ican perspective, but as people learning ev- 
erything we can every where we can in 
order to make ourselves happy. We can do 
this at a rate that is productive and comfort- 
able. 

HUMANIZATION: Strength in num- 
bers Why do we like bands that musically 
suck but are great people ? Because they are 
usually our friends, they have good inten- 
tions, and some how they add to our lives. 
This is providing the human aspect to the 
musical / mathematical / discordant. The 
process of education in public schools lacks 
vigor or interest for many people because it 
is so removed from our everyday experi- 
ence. Learning needs to have an element 
attached to it that is validated by the human 
experience. How many of you remember 
the laws of thermal dynamics or use them in 
everyday. This is why education is a going 
through the motions activity. Yes there are 
critical thinking skills developed even 
though the actual knowledge isn't retained, 
but why not teach in a manner where critical 
thinking is developed, content is remem- 
bered, and it is actually relevant to a stu- 
dents life. There is relevance to the usage of 
the net for this purpose, but it is so broad I 
will leave it up to you to determine. That is 
your critical thinking task for the day. 

OTHER. I have started a new zine 
titled DIGIPUNK. It's content is focused on 
the two things I love most, hardcore and 
cyberculture (revolutionary digital tactic) I 
would very much like to have contributions 
or thoughts for Digipunk. You can get in 
touch at robotdesign@hotmail.com. DI- 
GIPUNK— Destroying the norm Bit(lOlOlO) 
by Bit(lOlOlO) . 




Homeschooling Revolutionaries? 



Homeschoolers are a very diverse 
group ranging from Christian fundamen- 
talists to hippie homesteaders and every- 
one in between. They use a lot of different 
approaches too, from using a very struc- 
tured academic curriculum, to a combina- 
tion of free-form activities with some book- 
work, to sending their kids to school for a 
couple of days a week, to a style I thought 
was more rare, namely an abandonment of 
all that resembles schooling. It turns out 
that these last folks, the self-named "un- 
schoolers", represent a substantial percent- 
age of homeschoolers and the momentum 
is growing. They represent what I now 
refer to as the radical end of the home- 
schooling continuum. 

The Unschoolingphilosophy says that 
the elements in school that damage and 
inspire failure in children such as, arbitrary 
schedules, classrooms, testing, and texts, 
etc., should not be recreated in the home. 
They follow the ideas of John Holt, the now 
deceased founder of the magazine Grozving 
Without Schooling. He believed, as do his 
followers now, that schooling is not only 
unnecessary for true learning but detri- 
mental to all involved: students, teachers, 
as well as the larger society (more on this 
later). 

I recently attended two conferences 
on homeschooling, in which the partici- 
pants for the most part actively distin- 
guished themselves from those that "play 
the school game". These were Grozving 
Without Schooling's 20th anniversary con- 
ference held in Boston, and The California 
Home=Education Conference held in Sac- 
ramento. Notice that neither used the word 
"homeschooling" in the title. Well, they do 
still rely on the word elsewhere because it's 
the most common word used to describe 
them all, but many of them are searching 
for a new one. (One woman at the Boston 
conference suggested that they describe 
what they do by what it is: "living".) 

Christian homeschoolers apparently 
have their own conferences, books and re- 
sources now, and I believe they tend to be 
very controlling of their kids and basically 
have "school at home". It's obvious that 
this was not what these two events were 
about, with lectures like, "A 12-Step Recov- 
ery Process for School Addiction", "The 
Myths of Unschooling" in Boston, and then 
in California, "Detoxifying", "What is Un- 
schooling?", and "The Final Prejudice" (a 
speech on the rights of children). The over- 
all message was clearly, as one presenter 
put it, to "mend our schoolish ways" and as 
another put it, to respect "the wisdom of 
the child". 

These unschoolers also wanted to 
make it very clear that they do not advocate 
leaving the kid alone or denying help or 
guidance. The rule of thumb, according to 



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Susannah Sheffer, current editor of GWS, is 
to avoid offering help when it's not asked 
for and then when it is asked for, help in 
any way you can. They are not saying there 
shouldn't be any structure. The structure is 
the daily life of the family, with all of it's 
chores, responsibilities, and conflicts and 
resolution of conflicts, as well as a continu- 
ity of emotional warmth and nurturing. 
The point is that there is no pressure to 
follow any particular curriculum or pro- 
gram of study. In most cases there is no 
pressure to study at all, but in it's place the 
parents provide all kinds of support. 

If the key to learning and being fully 
human is this twofold path of "without 
schooling" on the one hand and a loving, 
nurturing family on the other, those who 
criticize homeschooling as an avenue only 
open to the financially well-off still have a 
valid question here. One might say that 
unschooling is all fine and good for those 
who have homes and for those who have 
parents around and for those who have a 
fully functioning family, but what about 
everybody else? Many kids don't have 
homes to grow in. Well I was surprised and 
thrilled to discover that this question is 
being raised by the homeschoolers them- 
selves. John Taylor Gatto, former 
NY school teacher and author of "Dumbing 
Us Down ", was the keynote speaker in Bos- 
ton on Sunday afternoon. His talk was 
called "Bianca you animal, Shut Up!". He 
described little Bianca whose soul was 
squashed by a system that doesn't allow 
free souls, and asked the question ulti- 
mately, "Why should you all (the parents 
of homeschooled kids) be concerned about 
Bianca?" It's because little Biancas grow up 
to be non-functioning adults who ultimately 
are the reality. This reality, according to 
Gatto, is the modern historical consequence 
of the "colossal social managementscheme" 
that created our educational system as an 
instrument of mass control. His address 
was essentially a call to action to those 
homeschoolers to think beyond their own 
walls and consider what they could begin 
to do for all the Biancas. He must have 
confidence that they are rising to this chal- 
lenge because he referred to the home- 
schooling movement as "the most exciting 
populist revolution this county has ever 
seen." Meanwhile I was looking around 
the room asking myself, "Are these people 
prepared for revolution? Are they hearing 
the same thing I am hearing in all this? 
Would they put themselves on the line to 
guarantee freedoms for others besides their 
own families?" 

See, the unschoolers, those that fol- 
low the philosophy of John Holt, have al- 
ways pushed themselves to take a hard 
look at issues of freedom and authority in 
their own homes, challenging the assump- 



tion of adults knowing what's best. This is 
outside of the mainstream to begin with. 
But John Holt did more than talk about the 
adverse effects of schooling on individual 
children. In the early 70's, as a result of 
meeting and working with Ivan Mich (au- 
thor of Deschooling Society ). Holt changed 
from being a school reformer to a social 
critic. He became concerned with the broad- 
er issues of poverty and of corporate con- 
trol of society and of education. It wasn't 
enough to fix what was wrong with schools. 
Schools had to be "deinstitutionalized" (the 
term used by Illich). Homeschooling wasn't 
just a way to allow kids to learn but a way 
to reestablish the parent's intellectual au- 
tonomy as well, from a system designed to 
create a docile and ignorant work/con- 
sumer force. 

This highlights my discovery about 
these unschooling parents. There seems to 
be a trend. Often, when they start out ho- 
meschooling, they perhaps fall back on 
some "schoolish" ways of doing things 
because we've all been taught it's the only 
way to be educated. Then a lot of those 
folks transition from "home" schoolers to 
"un" schoolers. Now I also see that a sur- 
prising number of those otherwise very 
mainstream-looking parents are in fact tak- 
ing it a step further by joining the move- 
ment to "de" school society. They are look- 
ing at the system of education for what it 
actually is: a system of control of a corpo- 
rate/ industrialized state. They are com- 
bating this by bringing their kids home, 
and also by bringing themselves home, 
and/or by challenging their own material- 
ist goals. The focus of this change is the 
family, but this is not the right wing "fam- 
ily values" camp by a long shot. 

But still, what about all the other kids, 
the ones that don't really have families 
anymore? Or more specifically, whatabout 
all the kids whose parents are not available 
to provide nurturing guidance and daily 
family life because they have to work full 
time to feed and clothe everybody, or they 
are substance abusers, or they are angry 
and violent to those close to them. Matt 
Hern from Vancouver B.C. posed this ques- 
tion to a very small but eager audience at 
the California conference. He is fortunate 
enough to be involved right now with a 
publicly funded unschooling "school". 
There are no grade levels, or grades, or 
mandatory academics. Teachers are free to 
offer classes and the kids are free to not 
attend. 

It's not surprising to those who be- 
lieve in unschooling that in this environ- 
ment the kids "flourish" (Matt Hern be- 
lieves that the best question to be asking in 
terms of education solutions is what envi- 
ronments will allow kids to flourish). There 
are many examples now of private schools 



in the United States that are unschooling 
schools where kids learn without coercion. 
But what's unique about Mart's school is 
that since it's a public school, any kid from 
any economic background can attend, and 
guess what! Those kids flourish too. In fact 
the school district sends them all the "fuck 
ups": the emotionally disturbed, the learn- 
ing disabled, and the lost causes. The re- 
markable thing (or not so remarkable if you 
understand the true nature of kids) is that 
those kids flourish too, without coercion, 
without arbitrary structure, and without 
schooling. 

His belief is that the answer for those 
kids, the ones we all wish we knew how to 
help, is most definitely not schooling. Nor 
is it any institutional solution. An institu- 
tion can never provide an environment 
where individuals can flourish. That's be- 
cause there is no universal curriculum or 
body of knowledge that all human beings 
must know in order to become indepen- 
dent, capable, healthy adults who are ready 
for the world. Each individual is different, 
each circumstance is different. The answer 
has to come from the community. He's not 
referring to the homeschooling "commu- 
nity", which would be like using that word 
to describe the bicycling community or the 
business community. He's talking about 
the original meaning of community when 
it still meant the place where you live, and 
the people that live there. The community 
and the families within it are where the 
kids can flourish. 

John Holt was a believer in a "nickel 
and dime" theory of social change. This 
translates into helping people assert them- 
selves against the forces stacked against 
them one family at a time. Who does the 
helping if it's not an institution? I certainly 
don't believe the myth of some kind of 
George Bush "thousands points" idea of 
volunteerism. And I understand that as 
soon as I start talking about "family" any- 
thing itstarts to sound like right-wing catch 
phrases. But we have been wrong to think 
of the homeschooling movement automat- 
ically as a threat to those who depend on 
public education. It's more complicated 
than that. Those right-wing catch phrases 
like "family", "structure", "values", have 
meaning for most people because the fam- 
ily is or at one time was the center of their 
universe, and that isn't a bad thing! I'm not 
saying to resurrect the dying model of the 
American family, but I think we need to ask 
the questions about what does child need 
to grow up healthy anyway? (What do they 
need to flourish?) Isn't the most obvious 
answer that they need a caring and nurtur- 
ing environment filled with healthy adults 
who don't despise their own lives, who 
pursue what they love and can act as mod- 
els for growth and self understanding? That 




sounds like a family. 

I think what Matt Hern is saying, and 
what John Gatto is saying, and ultimately 
what all the unschoolers turned social crit- 
ics are saying is that there won't be a solu- 
tion for Bianca or for any other optionless 
kid until the society is transformed to pro- 
vide a life where families can actually exist, 
and beyond existing can thrive. This means 
a societal revolution that results in a dein- 
stitutionalized egalitarian society made up 
of autonomous individuals, families and 
communities where economic power is no 
longer in the hands of the few, where peo- 
ple have the means to provide for their own 
health and well-being. There's an idea that's 
promoted by anarchists and the like that 
we shouldn't be trying to take control of 
government, we should be creating the 
conditions that would make government 
obsolete. I say replace the word "govern- 
ment" with "schooling". Create the condi- 
tions that would make schooling obsolete. 
So like the woman from Boston said, it's 
not homeschooling, or unschooling, or de- 
schooling anymore it's just living. 
Pam Davis / drop out, 1114 21st Street, 
Sacramento, C A 95814, dropout@emrl.com 




Wow! An entire MRR issue devoted 
to education (or so Jen would have me 
believe). And here comes Mr. Jones to add 
his 2 cents... 
i - Hey, Teach! 

You know if you'd told me ten years 
ago (when I was still a fresh young punk 
asshole of 18) that one day I would aspire to 
work in a profession that is second only to 
law enforcement in its reliance on hierar- 
chy, obedience and naked authoritarian- 
ism I would probably have hit you over the 
head with my beer bottle (scratch that: I 
was sXe in high school, better make that a 
coffee mug or something). Yet here I am 
now, with already three odd years of col- 
lege instructorship under my belt and only 
a couple of months to go before I'll be 
certified to teach in a public high school. 
Have I really grown up? Am I really "get- 
ting on with my life" (god I hate that phrase) 
and entering a responsible profession? I 
mean, just how the hell did I get here? 

I guess I can start with my usual ex- 
cuses and rationalizations. If you think 
about it, teaching really is the ultimate 



scam profession. Imagine a job that pays 
you to sit around and talk to teenagers all 
day for nine months out of the year and 
then pays you the other three just to sit on 
your ass and drink beer all day. Pretty 
sweet, eh? And lets not forget two weeks 
down time at X-Mas, a week in the spring, 
a bucket of federal holidays and maybe as 
many paid personal or sick leaves. Take 
film strips, field trips and movie days into 
consideration and I'll bet you could get 
away with only working maybe forty-five 
actual minutes a year. Sure the pay could 
be better (and once I'm in the union, I'll 
walk the picket line and gripe as loud as 
anybody for more cash), but when you 
measure it against how little teachers are 
actually _required_ to do (I'm talking the 
minimum here, but that's not to say most 
teachers don't go the extra hundred miles 
or so — this profession seems to! attract ide- 
alists who work them selves to death) it's 
not really too bad. 

And of course, the profession is struc- 
tured so as to eliminate one of the nastiest 
accessories of the working world: ladder 
climbing. Once you've achieved tenure, 
there's really no pressure to move up in the 
ranks, forge alliances, or step on people to 
get what you want. I mean, you can spend 
your entire career as a classroom teacher if 
you want to, and you can concentrate most 
of your efforts on just being good at that. 
That's not to say there's no such thing as 
backbiting (people always seem to find the 
need to fuck with each other in just about 
any situation you can imagine), but for the 
most part there's little need to become a 
predator simply to avoid being prey. Yeah, 
you can find politics in any profession, but 
the power games people in education play 
are Mickey Mouse compared to what you 
find even in the average office mail-room. 
And the kind of people who become teach- 
ers usually aren't any good at them any- 
way. 

But then so what? So teaching hap- 
pens to cater to my low-stress-lazy, "little- 
as-possible" work mentality. Does that jus- 
tify my participation in an institution that 
is in some ways morally reprehensible? I 
can't forget that public education is still 
largely responsible for perpetuating cer- 
tain myths (e.g. Manifest Destiny, necessi- 
ty of government coercion, militant ethno- 
centricity, near deification of capitalism, 
the supremacy of the white race, etc.) that 
contribute to so many of the societal evils 
that my precious underground is supposed 
to stand against. I can't forget that as a 
teacher, I'm on the other side now (an 
awful place to be sometimes). I will some- 
times have to wield a sort of power that's 
just as petty and arbitrary as that wielded 
by any corporate executive, cop, low-rent 
security guard or Dayton city attorney 



(icky!!!). And like it or not, I will stand for 
an institution that manipulates informa- 
tion, suppresses ideas and mangles the 
truth all under the ! guise of delivering a 
quality education and giving the youth of 
America the skills needed to become "pro- 
ductive members of the community" (dou- 
ble icky!!!). 

Now at this point I've got some oblig- 
atory advice to the young: do everything in 
your admittedly limited power to avoid 
becoming productive members of your 
community. But you know, doesn't my 
saying that just illustrate the point? Sure I 
can say that kind of thing and do my best to 
show that I believe it. But my very presence 
in the classroom sends a completely differ- 
ent message. Just call me the Mayor of 
Halloween Town: my head continuously 
spins and spews contradictory informa- 
tion. 

I don't know, I just don't know. Noth- 
ing is absolute for English teachers. Maybe 
I could chuck all the doubts if I were deliv- 
ering a subject like mathematics or physics 
(in which case I could assure myself that I 
am at least imparting information neces- 
sary to sustain life and understand the 
logic (or lack) of a post-Newtonian uni- 
verse). But the very subject of language and 
literature is necessarily ambiguous, usual- 
ly self-contradictory. Yes, I firmly believe I 
can do some good. I like language and I 
really think that an appreciation for the art 
of language can contribute to a person's 
well-being. I am actually the kind of person 
who can stay home on a Saturday night 
(not EVERY Saturday night, but some) 
plowing through_TheWasteland_and con- 
sider that time well spent. I can get almost 
the same kind of enjoyment out of Gogol as 
I can out of Garden Variety. And I think I 
am capable of imparting such an apprecia- 
tion to a few of my future students (oh, I 
know in advance t! hat most of them won't 
give a shit, but there will always be a few 
who do and those are the only ones who 
really matter, right?). Stupid as itmay seem, 
I think the world of education just might 
_need_ me right now. 

Wow, do I have a Christ complex or 
what? You know, idealism (stupidity?) of 
that magnitude just might buy me years of 
disillusionment and possibly a bout or two 
with alcoholism. And isn't all this "work- 
ing to change society from the inside" (self- 
styled, punk rock 007 and all that) just self- 
delusion or, worse yet, a rationalization for 
selling out? I seem to remember reading 
similar arguments from all those punk rock 
bands that signed with major labels a few 
years ago (thank god that little trend seems 
to be gasping it's last). Maybe the only 
difference between me and them is that 
their financial rewards were bigger than 
mine (which not only makes me a sell-out, 



but a dumbass too). Like I said: I just don't It's like the whole controversy with serve industry while their counterparts are 

know. And I really envy any of you out Ebonics a while ago. When I first heard that getting ready for college. Educators used 

there who are 110% certain that you made a school board had classified Ebonics as an to call this "tracking" (a reprehensible prac- 

actual language and applied for federal ' 



all the right professional choices (I think 
you're idiots, but I still envy you), 
ii - Ed. in Gen. 

In one of the many utterly useless 
classes I had to go through to obtain Ohio 
teacher certification, one of my professors 
made the following comment: "Schools 
have often been criticized from the _radical 
left_ for teaching American middle class 
values like punctuality, obedience and in- 
dustriousness. But what's wrong with 
that?" It actually took me a second or two to 
figure out that this was supposed to be a 
rhetorical question. But if the smug look on 
the professor's mug didn't clue me in, the 
heads of the rest of my classmates vigor- 
ously bobbing agreement did. I tried to 
point out that not only do the values he 
mentioned discourage true self-reliance and 
free thought, but they are not even shared 
by a lot of other cultures (e.g. Japanese 
higher education actually places little em- 
phasis on something as simple as punctu- 
ality — and aren't they supposed to be the 
monument to pure capitalism in the mod- 
ern world?). But I was kind of taken by 
surprise at the utterly narrowed minded 
pompousness of the whole suggestion. Oh 
well, score one for traditional American 
middle-class values. 

But the whole exchange kind of got 
me thinking: what's wrong with American 
education? Why can't graduating seniors 
demonstrate the smallest amount of logical 
insight, problem solving ability or even 
independent thinking? Well, just like every 
other educator, I've got a half-assed theory 
on the subject. Wanna hear it? 

(Before I go on, I suppose I should 
note that I'm not even entirely convinced 
that American high school graduates real- 
ly are as stupid as everybody thinks they 
are. I mean, as a college teacher I can say the 
graduates I usually run into are about as 
dumb as a sack of hair, but then so are their 
parents. Maybe everybody's really justthat 
stupid.) 

I think the key to addressing the prob- 
lem is to ask: what's the one thing every 
faction of education seems to agree on? All 
my experience with education as student 
and teacher has led me to the conclusion 
that if you want the prescription for good 
education, you should first go to the source: 
ask the teachers, principals, parents, edu- 
cational theorists and also the community 
at large (which in succeeding years will be 
responsible for providing the means to live- 
lihood for future graduates). Ask those 
people. And then, whatever they tell you, 
do the opposite. And, consequently, vigor- 
ously practice any principles they tell you 
to avoid. 



matching funds on thatbasis, I was amazed. 
And I thought of the same counter-argu- 
ments that professional educators and com- 
munity leaders started spewing in the 
weeks following the decision. But then it 
occurred to me that if Ebonics had this 
many English teachers up in arms against 
it, there had to be something good about it. 
I'm still not sure what that is, but I'm con- 
vinced there's something there. 



tice whereby children are sectioned off, 
supposedly by ability level but more by 
economic or racial background, and "guid- 
ed" into the "life paths most suited to them") 
before "tracking" became a dirty word. 

But this is only the most blatant ex 
ample of the problem. And in a way, it's 
misleading too. My bringing it up implies 
that the students who don't go to vocation- 
al school are actually getting a better deal. 
They're not. The students left in high school 



So what is the one thing that every are still being force fed the same lies. The 



faction of education agrees on (other than 
that education really is all fucked up and 
somebody's to blame)? I think it's that the 
job of education is to "instill in young peo- 
ple the skills they will need to go out in the 
world and get good jobs." All the other 
controversies and skirmishes in congress, 
newspapers, academic journals and the 
court of public opinion seem to be about 
how that goal should be accomplished. 

Hmmm. . . There's thatprimacy of cap- 
italism again: people aren't people, they're 
either wage earners or wage earners in 
waiting. The highest point to which an 
American child can aspire is that of Em- 
ployee. And perhaps, if you are patient, 
industrious and intelligent, you can enter 
theexaltedranksoftheentrepreneur.Then, 
instead of being a drone for your boss 
who's a drone for other bosses, you can be 
a drone who controls other drones. And 
your only taskmaster is your insatiable 
hunger (given you courtesy of American 
education & pop culture) to fill your own 
pockets. 

I'm not going to take this time to 
dispute the foundations of capitalism (of 
course, I do dispute them, but other people 
in MRR swing that hammer harder than I 
can, and that's not what I'm talking about 
right now). And I don't dispute that work- 
place skills could be a useful by-product of 
education (sort of like how the public li- 
brary has Dostoevsky _and_ all those Chil- 
ton auto repair manuals). I do, however, 
dispute the assertion that education's only 
mission is to provide people with the skills 
and ethics that will increase a profit margin 
(and it doesn't make one goddamn bit of 
difference to me if that profit margin be- 
longs to the student or somebody else — 
put another way, I don't see how owning 
your own business is any more life affirm- 
ing than working for the man). 

See, it bothers me that some students 
are shipped off to vocational schools to 
learn heating & air conditioning or indus- 
trial drawing when their so-called peers 
are learning foreign languages, literature 
and higher math & sciences. In effect, the 
vocational students are being taught to 



only difference is that they will probably 
make more money. They will have white 
collar jobs, the others will have blue collar 
jobs. But the collar (and what's a collar 
without a leash?) is still the prize. 

I have no problem with students be- 
ing sectioned off by ability (so long as it is 
really by ability and not preconceived ideas 
about race or economic background; but 
now I'm getting off -topic again). Some peo- 
ple are just smarter than others. Not every- 
one has the wits to become a quantum 
physicist or brain surgeon (I know I sure 
don't). But arguing about what kinds of 
money-making professions people should 
be guided into seems so beside the point. 
I think education, the way it is prac- 
ticed now, really begins to fail people at 
about middle-age. Around that time, even 
the most monetarily successful among us 
begins to wonder. "Here I am. I've made 
some cash, I've got a family, and I've helped 
other people make a lot of cash... But now 
I've been alive longer than I will probably 
be alive in the future and what's the point?" 
Everybody comes up with their own an- 
swers. Some turn up at the workplace with 
a high power rifle and spend the rest of 
their lives in jail. Some turn their lives over 
to religion. And some turn their lives over 
to a bullet in the brain. But most just sit 
there and take it. Maybe they beat their 
wives. Maybe they take pottery classes at 
the Y. Maybe they buy a sports car or fill 
their houses with more and more crap they 
don't want. And when death finally creeps 
up on them, they're more relieved than 
anything else. No matter what, however, 
they don't get any help from their educa- 
tion. How could they? When you scrap 
with the inexorable limitations of existence 
but have only punctuality, obedience and 
industriousness in your arsenal, you may 
as well just drop your pants and paint a big 
"X" on your ass. 

Young people aren't blind. I think 
most of them (most of you) are capable of 
looking at their parents and the rest of their 
"elders" and seeing just how fucking un- 
happy they are. Maybe they don't know it 
on a totally conscious level, but I think they 




at least feel it. And when they see what they 
have to look forward to, why wouldn't 
they choose to simply drift through school 
paying lip service? Why would they bother 
developing independent thinking skills 
(which schools don't really ask them to 
develop anyway — when does an employ- 
ee need to think independently?) when 
even the rudimentary skills given to their 
parents have served them so poorly? 

No, I'm not advocating a return to the 
"new math" or problem solving intensive 
curriculae that the stinky hippie /boomer 
teachers were so hot on in the '70s. On a day 
to day level, I'm not really sure what can be 
done. Maybe there's no solution. But if 
there is one, I think it starts with an alter- 
ation of the basic goal of education. I don't 
think the idea can be put into agreeable, 
dinner-table terms. The only way I can 



phrase itis that the goal of education should 
be "to keep people from shooting them- 
selves in the head or turning their lives 
over to the lord when they get to middle- 
age" or, better yet, "to keep them from 
getting frog fucked by reality." 

Can it be done? I think so, but if you 
thought what I just wrote sounded idealis- 
tic, then check this out: people in school 
should be taught that there are more peo- 
ple on this planet than they could count if 
they spent every day of their lives counting 
them, that most of these people look at the 
world in a completely different way than 
they do, that in addition to the people 
living now an uncounted number have 
lived and died before them. They should 
know that entire civilizations have come 
and gone over the centuries, many of which 
have ruled the known world of their time 



yet left no traces we can discern today. 
They should know that time and space 
extend well beyond the narrow limits of 
their lunch room, living room or board 
room. 

Yeah, I'm getting a little esoteric now. 
But schools (and most people) could stand 
to get a little more esoteric every now and 
then. It might help them see that twelve to 
twenty years of preparation for something 
as marginally significant as a career is an 
almost criminal waste of time and energy, 
especially when you measure its value 
against all the other things there are to see 
and do and know in the world. The words 
"life" and "job" should not be synony- 
mous. 

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How I Got Into Teaching 

Like most punks I hated, absolutely hated school. It was so 
awful. The teachers were the poorest excuse for people, who had 
failed at every hope or dream they had, and were bitter closeted 
alcoholics who either hated young people or tried to get them alone 
and fuck them in secret. School was like prison. Compulsory 
confinement, to be escaped through drugs and vandalism in every 
way possible. The boredom was unbearable. Does this sound famil- 
iar? 

So I ran away to San Francisco, and my life was saved by punk 
rock and the thrill and excitement of the punk rock lifestyle. 
I taught myself how to make movies (which I have 
forced many of you to see) and that led to the 
teaching thing by accident. A friend of 
Mykel Board's was going to art school in 
SoCal, and invited me to come to his 
class and show my movies and talk f |J 
about them. For $250.00! I had already 
made the movies for next to no money, 
so this was all gravy. I went there and 
showed my sloppy collection of 
punk-rock and X-rated movies, 
many hand-developed in buckets for 
DIY purposes. 

I was a little nervous, because I 
thought that the art school crowd was 
going to attack me for lack of ...some- 
thing. But NO! They were kind of 
speechless after the movies were done, 
when I got up to answer questions. So I 
just started talking about how I was just 
saying what I wanted to say and not worry 
ing about big Hollywood deals or scripts or 
whatever, just trying to make something for me 
and my friends... It was a lovefest and then they 
bought a movie for their library (another $150!) And 
that was where I realized, "hey, this lecture thing is where it's at!" 
Like most punks, I had been supporting myself with various scams, 
or by selling my fanzine... I was a carnival carnie, I was after-hours 
janitor at a gay bar with Lynn from Tribe 8, 1 sponged off of other 
people or traveled to avoid rent, you know, the usual. So finding out 
that you could show movies and then talk for an hour, for $250, was 
like, "Yeah, this is the job for me !" I decided I wanted to be a teacher. 

Authority? What's That? 

Two years later, I was teaching at that same art school, my first 
job. God, what an eye-opener. Having been oppressed by fascist and 
sadistic teachers all my school life, I wanted to be different from 
them. I'm a punk! Fuck authority! I made up a great class on 
experimental documentary practices. I was lenient and only as- 
signed a choice few readings, and had the students make a movie 
instead of writing a paper, for the final project. Then I noticed 
something disturbing. The students were barely able to have a 
discussion in class, no one would speak up. No one seemed to have 
any opinions! And their movie projects were bland, just awful! I 
think about how everyone complains about the punk rock "agenda" 
these days being too opinionated, and obsessed with dialogue about 
cred and selling out. Well, try the other alternative, if you want to 
really be annoyed! Hang around with people who have no opinions 
and don't speak their minds! It will make you crazy. 

See, we punks have an interest and desire to fuck authority. 
We know how to simply say, "Fuck Authority!" and then do what 
we want. But students are not necessarily punks! So when you 
run the class on the Fuck Authority mentality, the students can 
flounder and fail to thrive. This first batch of students presented a 
problem to me. How to teach them, in one semester, all the 
independence, and free thinking, and sticking to your ethics that 
we punks learned from punk rock? They were underprivileged, 
being nonpunks. Especially in an art class environment, a strong 
DIY sense is needed, and they didn't have it. This meeting place 
of Fuck Authority and The Kids Need Some Structure is the 



ongoing challenge that keeps teaching interesting. 

The Difference Between High 
School And College 

I started out teaching college, both in L.A. and now in the 
Bay Area. There are a number of distinctions between the college 
experience and the high school experience. For one thing, there is 
no sympathy factor at the university level. These people have 
gotten their shit together to be in college, you can lean on them to 
stick to some kind of principles, not be lazy, use their brains, 
and change the world. They are there by choice, 
they picked to take your class, you already 
own those guys. 

Last year I started teaching in a high 
school program, too. There, I remem- 
bered that when you are in high 



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school, wow, you are still a pris- 
oner. Prisoner of age laws, of 
your parents, of society not 
giving you any legitimacy, 
and prisoner of your own sexu- 
ality and identity. Most people in 
high school don't know how 
much everything IMPROVES 
when you escape it. As a teach- 
er, you have to keep reminding 
yourself that they haven' t had the 
experience of freedom yet, like 
the college people have. So you 
have to do things a little differ- 
ently. 

It's weird to feel like 
any kind of role model, because you 
think, "I'm not so different than you 
guys." But you know, that role model thing 
is in effect, whether you, the teacher, ac- 
k n o w 1 - edge it or not. So to just be the teacher and give 

people respect is a big deal. To create an environment where freaks 
are not teased can be the difference of life and death for high 
schoolers. It is the time when people figure out if they are gay or 
straight, and deal with sexual issues in general. So all this other stuff 
is going on, and you are a part of it! 

You can't necessarily cure kids of their homophobia or racism 
in one class, and I don't take on the responsibility of far-reaching 
therapy. But you can definitely make it clear where you stand and see 
that people are treated with respect, not just by you, but by everyone. 
In film classes, like every other discipline, there is a suppressed 
history of the contributions of women and queers and other outsid- 
ers. As a teacher, you are in a position to reveal this stuff, and give 
your interpretations. You can also get people to open their eyes and 
critique the ideologies that are rammed at them through the movies, 
and challenge them to replace it with their own visions. And though 
I joked earlier about deciding to be a teacher because it was easy 
money, this is actually why I'm doing it. 

When You Have Punks In Your 
Classroom 

As I said, the students are not necessarily punks, but some- 
times they are. On average there are two students per class who are 
clearly identifiable as punks. There was a student in the high school 
program last summer who once asked me, "What is your favorite 
band, of all time?" I said the Misfits, of course, then he serenaded me 
with Misfits songs, the rest of program. That was really sweet. 
Another kid came into the class with videos she had already made, 
with BIKINI KILL on the soundtrack and really tough-ass feminist 
punk themes. It's so cool! Typically the punk kids are politically 
savvy with original ideas. In the time before and after class, you end 
up talking about what your favorite bands are, what shows you were 
at, what other punks you know, and whether I can get them an 
interview with Cometbus for their fanzine. Basically, just being 




Punk 



The Faculties 



friendly. 
I'm always con- 
scious, though, not to 
s»et all inner sanctum 
about it. I've often won- 
dered how other punk 
teachers deal with punk fa- 
voritism. As an outcast teen, I 
hat- ' edit when the teachers had their pets 

and favored kids. That's the other cardinal sin (besides 

being a fascist) I have vowed I would not repeat. To a certain extent, 
punks are fuckups. But the real geeky kids are too uncool even to be 
punks. Those are the people for whom inclusion is going to make a 
big difference. In film classes, students really have to rely on the 
others in the group to help out on each others movies, be a test 
audience, and to give critical feedback. It requires a real team effort, 
and favoritism from the teacher would suck, and destroy the dynam- 
ic. 

It is funny, though, to have punk rock students who try to scam 
you, but you know their scams already because you're a punker, too ! 
One kid made his videos the morning of class and then put classic 
punk soundtracks on, of the era that he thought the teachers would 
like best! Ha! Didn't work. 

Compromise 

Punks don't like to compromise, and I am no exception. Much 
to my surprise, I really have not had to. This is one of the best things 
about the job, especially in the arts. No sucking up to anybody, no 
pretending I don't have tattoos. I can do pretty much anything I want, 
in my class. The only crime is to be BORING! I know there's plenty 
of people who have a different experience, but I haven' t come across 
these things yet and my fingers are crossed. 

There is an issue, in the high school program, of which films 
I can show to the teenagers in the history classes. But the only 
prohibition is against "full frontal male nudity." And who wants to 
see that shit anyway! I have to say I was a little nervous when I 
showed them Sarah Jacobson's "MaryJane's Not A Virgin Any- 
more," and again with Jon Moritsugu's "Terminal USA." But you 
know, it's never the kids, anyway; it's the parents. Like those people 
who sued Oilman Street about the stage diving. You know that 
wasn't some kid's idea. And what kid is going to complain about 
nudity? You do have to spend your risk quotient carefully, and 
balance whether it's going to be a worthwhile battle, before taking 
on something that will get you in trouble. But with high school 
people, like I said, it's so radical just to treat them with respect that 
you don't need to push nudity boundaries. 

The only thing, for me, that approaches compromise is that 
sometimes you have a student or two that you just don't like. You 
may even hate them. I had this macho, older (older than me), college 
guy who was constantly putting out mildly sexist remarks, fraternity 
style, to the other guys in the class. Never anything really over-the- 
top, just incipient arrogant banter about "babes." It was tough 
because you don't want to let a jerk like that see that they've gotten 
your hackles, but you have to address it somehow, because you can' t 
give that kind of behavior the tacit seal of approval. The punk rock 
Greta would call this guy out and yell and swear and offer to kick his 
ass, and fling a tidal wave of insult in his direction. But you've got 
to have more patience, and wait and pounce. I don't let stuff go 
without confrontation, but I'm saying that you've got to be a little 
more constructive when you're the teacher, and that has not always 
been my style. (Remember, too, that I'm in college, not some 
"blackboard jungle" situation with weapons and stuff... much eas- 
ier!) 



A most irritating thing is the current trend of highly intellectual 
professors and culture theory writers namedropping punk as a 
movement of some kind and categorizing it, within the institutions 
of higher learning. It can be a lonely road for the punk in academics. 
The boring teacher parties with their stupid wines and cheeses, and 
tame artwork and lame wifeswapping diversions (really! Just like in 
"Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf '!). So you, the punk teacher, are 
made all the more aware of your punkness, your values, and your 
commitment to them. Then imagine you go to one of these teacher 
parties and some balding, nontattooed individual from Los Angeles 
is spouting off about his new book on the transgression and hyper- 
reality of the "now defunct" punk scene, and all the other scholars 
are sitting around with plastic cups of merlot, nodding and saying, 
"Indeed, he's so cutting edge..." I think of those books that Martin 
gets sometimes in the book review area. 

These people are so removed from punk rock that they think 
it's over, and therefore it ' s safe to pretend they used to be a punk, and 
to generalize on the punk rock experience to leverage their own 
sagging academic status and virility. It's just like colonization. It's 
like commercial sellout without the money. It's really disgusting, 
and the only thing you can do is sneer and get away as quickly as 
possible. I imagined once calling one of these posers on it, and 
saying you don't fucking know a thing about punk! But immediate- 
ly , I felt I didn ' t want to have any engagement with them, nor correct 
them. I wanted them to go on, misguidedly, talking out their ass 
about stuff they don't know anything about, and sorry for them that 
they are so removed from the scene and can't even go to shows that 
they can distance themselves from enough to categorize and reduce. 
Punk rock is a constantly changing living scene. It can't be frozen 
and quantified and boiled down by these phony anthropologists of 
culture. In another era, these creeps would have given the same 
treatmerft to tribal people or queers. Phony authority. It's a ratio, 
though. The less of a punk you ever were, the more you'll try to 
capitalize on it and sell it out in the academy.] 

It' s weird, because I am a punk, but it would be so lame to teach 
punk. I don't think punk can be taught, it's got to be lived. And 
besides that, I want to teach EVERYTHING. There was a class my 
friend Rich told me about, at a college, called "D.I. Y. Fanzines." Ha! 
I would call it "D.I.Y., P-A-Y!" Art school tuition to learn how to 
make xerox fanzines?!? There's a scam for you. Well, fortunately 
I'm not into scamming the kids yet... 

Now What? 

So I have been teaching for three years now, and I still love it. 
It turns out that it doesn't pay very much, really. And it's not all Mr. 
Chips and lovefest, either. I have to deal with know-it-all rich kids, 
insecure jock-types, and pathetic girls who are afraid of technology. 
One kid, I flunked, and then he kept calling my house in some 
vaguely threatening manner. Every so often, I think maybe I'm 
kidding myself that this is worthwhile - maybe all I'm doing is 
showing spoiled brats how to load a camera. Then I think of all the 
fantastic movies that these wonderful kids make in my classes. ..the 
girl-revenge movies and the John Woo satires and the cross-dressing 
melodramas and the dreamy hand-processed things, and I think 
yeah, okay, it's better than mopping the floors at the 

End-Up. 

Greta S. is a re- 
viewer at MRR, 
makes a fan- 
zine called 
Mudflap, and 
teaches film 
production 
and history in 
college and at the 
California State Sum- 
mer School For The 
Arts. 





We all have some sense of the 
stereotypical punk rock attitude towards school. 
Didn't most of us hate our school experience? 
Wasn't school a source of constant drudgery, 
boredom and frustration? Didn't school act as an 
oppressive force, actively preventing us from 
personal growth by squashing free expression? 
What do punks want to do about education? 
Burn down the local high school? Kidnap the 
principal and give him/her a pink mohawk? What 
do we really want to do about changing 
education? 

During the spring and summer of 1997 I 
handed out surveys at several hardcore shows; 
one of the shows was on Staten Island, another 
was in Philadelphia, and the last was on Long 
Island. In addition, surveys were distributed to 
and returned by a handful of other individuals 
across North America. A total of seventy 
surveys were completed. Many of the 
respondents may not even consider themselves 
"punk". This survey is in no way an accurate 
representation of punk opinion across the world 
or even across the country. But it is an 
interesting look into the attitudes of kids at a 
few shows in on the east coast, sprinkled with 
various others. 

The percentages work like this: for most 
questions, respondents could only check one 
answer. For these questions, the percentages 
report the fraction of respondents who chose 
each possible answer. Answers under "other" 
were listed but not included in these 
percentages. For some questions (those marked 
with a "*"), the respondent could mark as many 
answers as he/she saw fit. Figures represent the 
percentage of total respondents who checked 
each answer. If that doesn't make sense, 
perhaps you'll agree with the 20% of our 
respondents who believed that Math should be 
eliminated from high school requirements. 

There is bias present here, but only in the 
quotes selected from open-answer categories. I 
chose the quotes that were most interesting, 
entertaining, representative of common 
sentiment or bizarre. Just so you know my bias, 
let me explain that I am a teacher, so I obviously 
believe that public education could work. So 
take my influence into account when 



How old are you? 

Average age = 20.2 years 

Which of the following 
best describes you? 

High School Student 
Undergraduate Student 
Graduate Student 
Ex-Student 



20.0% 

52.9% 

7.1% 

20.0% 



What is the highest level of education 
you have currently completed ? 

Grade 10 7.2% 

Grade 11 10.1% 

Grade 12 18.8% 

First-Year College 27.5% 

College Sophomore 15.9% 

College Junior 7.2% 

College Senior 4.3% 

Some Graduate Credit 8.7% 

Which best describes the 
majority of your schooling? 

public 87.8% 

private 6.8% 

parochial 5.4% 

In your opinion, what is the 
primary purpose of public schooling?* 

socialization/creating "model" citizens 34.3% 

college preparation 27.1% 

fostering individual growth/development 1 1 .4% 

teaching job skills 8.6% 

juvenile detention/control 25.7% 

teaching life skills 1 1 .4% 



considering the quotes selected. 



other answers given: 

"Passing on historical untruths, patriotism, putting 
students into a closed off /closed mind setting" 

"There is none" » Preservation of Tradition" 

"How to hate your fellow classmates" 

"College Preparation (but only to certain groups of students)" 



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How Do Punks Feel About Education? 

In an ideal world, what should be the 
primary purpose of public schooling?* 

socialization/creating "model" citizens 2.9% 

college preparation 8.6% 

fostering individual growth/development 67.1% 

teaching job skills 12.9% 

juvenile detention/control 0.0% 

teaching life skills 30.0% 

other answers given: 

"Stressing the cultivation of critical 
thought and communicative action" 

"Making people literate and socially conscious" 

"Creating a safe space for creativity and expression" 

"Fostering an appreciation and understanding for other 



Who should decide what is 
taught in schools?* 



society at large 
parents 
teachers 

education experts 
students 



other answers given. 

"Punk Rockers" 




47.1% 
18.6% 
22.9% 
22.9% 
32.9% 



As a whole, how do you perceive mandatory 
requirements for graduation from high school? 

unnecessary 8.7% 

somewhat necessary 65.2% 

very necessary 26.1% 

Which requirements for graduation would you 
eliminate? (check all that apply) * 

math 20.0% 

english/language arts 1.4% 

science 7.1% 

social studies/history 5.7% 

literature 1.4% 

art 5.7% 

music 10.0% 

foreign language 20.0% 

participation in government 31.4% 

economics 15.7% 

physical education 51.4% 

other answers given: "All requirements" 
"Citizenship Points" "Religion" 

"Philosophy" (??!?!... listed twice no less\\\) 
"Economics should cover systems beyond capitalism" 

"All subjects have value when taught right" 



How do you feel about dropping out? 

(choose the statement that best describes your view) 

dropping out is always a mistake. 1 1 .4% 

people who seek out their own 

alternative education are the only 

ones who should drop out. 47.1 % 

anyone who feels that school is not 

beneficial should drop out. 7.1 % 

all students must be liberated from the 
oppressive confines of schooling - drop 
out now! 4.3% 

If high school attendance was 

made voluntary, would society as 

a whole benefit? 

Yes 39.7% 
individuals and cultures" No 60.3% 

If high school attendance 

was made voluntary, would 

you go regularly? 

Yes 73.5% 
No 26.5% 

Does schooling have to be 

authoritarian to be 

successful? 

Yes 26.1% 
No 73.9% 

In your experience, why do most 
people choose to become teachers? 



because they want to inspire/ 
empower youth 60.3% 

because they enjoy working 
with young people 25.4% 

because they can't 

get a better job 7.9% 

because they want 
summer vacations 6.3% 

other answers given: 

"because they want to be committed to 
the process of lifelong learning" 

"some just love the power" 

"because they want to unload their 
ideal personality onto slaves" 

"because they are immature suckers who 

need to feel superiority over children in 

order to deal with their insecurities" 

"it pays money" 

"I believe that some teachers have forgotten 

their primary motives; instead disciplining and 

power struggles become a major goal" 



Which level of schooling did you enjoy most? 

preschool 9.7% 

elementary school 14.5% 

middle school 6.5% 

high school 25.8% 

college/university 43.5% 



How Do Punks Feel About Education? 



Describe your best school experience: 

"I always liked when I could apply what I was learning to life" 

"Taking a media literacy class that involved decoding 

advertising when I was in grade 7." 

"In high school I founded two organizations: STAR (Students 

Together Against Racism) which put on workshops locally and 

nationally, and a Miniature Golf Club." 

"Every time I was encouraged to create a personal opinion 

about a subject, and was allowed to voice it and defend it." 

"When my science teacher told the class I was the 

smartest person there and meant it." 

"In the 7 ,h and 8 ,h grade I and a bunch of my friends did 'Puttin 

on the Hits' in front of all the 6 ,h , 7 ,h and 8 ,h grade. We did 

TROOPER by IRON MAIDEN and won the contest." 

"Smoking pot and skipping classes (not being caught)." 

"Writing a novel for English class and my teacher 

told me I should keep on writing" 

"My history teacher teaching Chomsky 

instead of history text falsehoods." 

"In one art class where I was explaining a piece to the class 

and said that I was gay and vegan, environmentally conscious 

and that I fight sexism and racism and the people applauded 

me rather than ostracizing me." 

Have you ever considered yes 75 4% 
becoming a teacher? n 24 6% 

If so, which level would you like to teach? 

preschool 3.7% 

elementary school 7.4% 
middle school 11.1% 

high school 44.4% 

college/university 33.3% 



Which level of schooling did you dislike most? 

preschool 4.6% 

elementary school 18.5% 

middle school 29.2% 

high school 46.2% 

college/university 1.5% 

Describe your worst school experience: 

"Grade 10 PE. The teacher sat the entire class down in the 
basketball key and made me do lay-ups in front of 
all of them until I actually made a basket." 
"My personal opinions and growth being stifled by a censoring 
and over-domineering school administration." 
"Everything that was shitty about school was social, not 
academic. Every terrible experience actually had little to do 
with school. Oh yeah, I just remembered I was sexually 
harassed by my art teacher. That sucked." 
"In college I became a bum and played Nintendo instead of 
going to class and now my mom hates me." 
"Being pre-judged, molested, harassed, discriminated 
against, etc... fights, sexual harassment." 
"Being forced to say the pledge of allegiance 
with my hand on my chest." 
"My shop teacher in seventh grade hated girls - he was very 
chauvinistic. I'm very mechanically inclined. I have also always 
had good grades - he gave me a C- on my report card 
4 ,h Quarter and conveniently 'lost' his records." 
"Times where I have worked hard on something and felt as if I 
have done a good job only to have a teacher disapprove or 
lecture me because he/she disagreed about the subject matter, 
(anarchy and anti-technology papers are sure winners)" 
"Being told by the principal that I would be the only female in 
a woodworking class so I should take typing instead." 
"Every single day I was told that I didn't belong because I 
dressed different. School teaches conformity, homophobia and 
hate. I went to a high school where the teachers laughed at 
'fag' jokes and condoned this behavior." 
"Being suspended from a public school for my hair cut, 
realizing my teachers were not impartial objective educators 
but xenophobic and judgmental protectors of the status quo - 

afraid to challenge or change." 



The fact that over three-quarters of the survey-takers 
considered becoming teachers is totally inspiring! Clearly kids 
want to do something to improve the educational experience, 
and are even considering a major commitment to this change. 
How many of these kids will actually get involved in education? 
Well, with any luck a few more will... here's how: 

We are forming a new organization called the R.E.A.C.T. 
Network. "REACT" stands for Radical Education And Creative 
Teaching. The goal of this group? To work for changes in 
education and change through education. We'll be networking 
all kinds of people interested in impacting education including 
students, teachers and community organizers. Our scope will 
not be limited to conventional means of changing education (i.e. 
becoming a teacher), but instead will encompass a multi- 
directional approach. If you care, you qualify. If you are 
interested in finding out more about the network, send a 55 
cent stamp or IRC to: R.E.A.C.T. Network, P.O. Box 220320, 
Brooklyn, NY 11222 usa. You'll receive information about the 
network and our inaugural newsletter. 



Survey and Writing by Chris Jensen 

Drawings by Myles Karr 

Assistance by Gabrielle Moisan and Jonathan Hughes 




A conversation with Martin Sorronde- 
guy, singer of Los Crudos, that has nothing 
to do with him singing for Los Crudos... 
Education, speaking Spanish, being a queer 
teacher and opening his dream school. By 
matthew luskin. 

MRR: I guess to start this off, I'm curious 
where you're coining from on all this. How 
did you wind up in education? 
MARTIN: Well, really unexpectedly, I guess. 
Because I never had planned on working as a 
teacher before... I studied and still continue to. 
I'm beginning to start my studies again, in the 
fine arts, doing photography. I remember a 
couple years ago, I had come back from South 
America, from traveling, and I got a call from 
a friend saying that she was working at a 
school and she said they were looking for 
Spanish teachers. She said "they want native 
speakers and, Martin, I think you'd be good 
for this." Then she goes "on top of it all, they 
want someone with an arts background." So I 
thought "ok, let me go check this out." ... I was 
working there for about three years, the first 
two years as a Spanish teacher. It was very 
involved though, I did a lot of things- a lot of 
arts related stuff. I did Spanish. And then the 
last year I was there I did Spanish and assisting 
in a classroom with just one group the whole 
year. And then about a year ago, the last year 
that I worked at the school, the Montessori 
school, I started working at this place called 
the East Village Youth Program, just doing art 
with the kids in this after school art program. 
It went really well. And because the Montes- 
sori school was a lot more of a privileged kind 
of school, because it was a lot of money to pay 
tuition, the kids have everything, and then I 
went to working in the arts with this group of 
kids who are from the total neighborhood area 
that have access to next to nothing. So it was 
kind of going from somewhere faraway, from 
fucking wonderland, to like my neighborhood 
to work... I did that for about a year and after 
the tour I came back and they hired me on full- 
time as a program coordinator working with 
the kids at the East Village Youth Program... 
MRR: Are you happier, or maybe more 
comfortable working with that group? 
MARTIN: I like it a lot... They're both chal- 
lenging, but in different ways. But, yeah. I feel 
more of a connection to this group of kids that 
I'm working with. A connection because they 
don't really have that much and I guess when 
I went to school I didn't have access to that 
much either... I can see the potential that many 
kids have but I know that for these kids it will 
probably be a lot harder for them to realize 
what it is that they can possibly do. And it's 
good to be around them and kind of push them 
on until you get it in their minds that they can 
do anything. It is a challenge and it's hard 
because some of the kids are coming from... 
from broken homes, from a lot of weird situa- 
tions, very fucked up situations. And just 
learning about them and realizing what's go- 
ing on at home and how it effects them and 
how it effects their outlook and how they 
perceive the world is just unbelievable. 
MRR: What about the other end of that? 
How your experience within the education 
system and background has influenced 



your teaching... 

MARTIN: Well, my education was really 
weird. How I came out I don't even know! 
... A lot of the way I ended up being came 
from home I think. That mixed up with a lot 
of other things created who I am. But if I 
would've gone based on what I was being 
taught in school. I would be this total... I 
don't even know what you'd want to call 
me. But I would be something that I'm not 
right now. To me personally, even where 
I'm working now, education is always like 
a tug-of-war. Because there's people who 
want to really teach in a way that you're 
really liberating kids and teaching them to 
be free and to want something, to do some- 
thing, to be independent, to go, you know 
what I mean? .. . And there ' s people who are 
pulling away from that, they go by the book. 
"This is what the book says and this is the 
way that it's been done before." and leave 
no room for change. And the conditioning. 
And I can't stand that. And so to me educa- 
tion is like that, it's a tug of war, And some 
people in my job right now think that what 
the kids need is more math, more reading, 
more stuff like that, which is fine, the kids 
could always use that help, right'? But they 
need social skills. They need to learn to get 
the fuck out of the neighborhood and to see 
what' s going on in the world. And they need 
to learn how to work within the neighbor- 
hood and within their community and com- 
municating with each other. That's what 
they need to learn. That to 
me is more important than 
them learning math, be- 
cause you can't have kids 
who've 
learned 
math, but 
just don't 
know how 
to function 
in the quote-unquote "real world." And to 
me that's fucking horrible. 
MRR: So do you feel that the education 
that these students receive, or the way in 
which they are given that education can 
influence the social reality that they're 
dealing with in the neighborhood? 
MARTIN: I think so, yeah, I totally do. I 
think it depends on who's teaching it and 
how they're teaching it. I think people who 
work right out of the book and keep it dry — 
it ' s just not going to work. 
It's very hard for that to 
work these days. For in- 
stance I think a lot of 
young kids, especially these days, they have 
a major problem with just being able to 
communicate with their teacher. And they 
clearly see the separation between "you are 
teacher, I am student," and a lot of kids just 
don't respond. They just sit there and they 
don't respond. And I think that if you can 
break that border between you and the stu- 
dent. I think that's a very powerful thing, 
that's a powerful tool. Because if you can 
come down and 
stop being 
"teacher" for a 



Martin 
Sorrondeguy 



on education 



interview by matthew luskin 



minute and be a human being to them and 
treat them in that way... 
MRR: ...Allowing the students to develop 
their own voice... 

MARTIN: Right. And being able to devel- 
op a trust, that they can say things to you and 
that they can be honest. See, a lot of teachers 
don't like when kids are honest. Because 
being honest is like me and you talking and 
you tell me "you know? I think that's pretty 
shitty," and a kid can tell that to the teacher, 
but his teacher can't hack it because that's 
not the proper thing to say, that's unaccept- 
able. But when you treat a child like he's 
another human being or she's another hu- 
man being and you're talking to them in that 
way and they can honestly say "well I don't 
like the way you're teaching us that and, 
you know, it's really boring..." as a teacher 
I should be able to hack that and go "ok, let' s 
come up with another way of doing this," or 
"what's going to work?" And I think that's 
important, it's being able to communi- 
cate.... Like right now, because of this sum- 
mer program it has allowed me to really 
open up with a lot of the kids I work with 
right now. And I've built some really inter- 
esting relationships with them right now. I 
mean to the point where they talk with me 
about stuff going on at home or in their 
lives. And some of it is really kind of on the 
scary side and some of it is really just 
powerful stuff. You go "shit, they're talking 
to me as another person and they want my 
opinion as another per- 
son." Not as this teacher 
or adult figure, but as an- 
other person. 

MRR: Do 
you think 
that you' 
ve been 
able to de- 
velop that 
kind of relationship with them because 
it's been outside of a formal school set- 
ting? Do you think that it's possible to 
develop that relationship in a formal 
school setting? 

MARTIN: Ok, in a formal school setting? 
See, that's the thing... I have a lot of friends 
who are teachers and have gone into a 
school thinking they're going to change the 
whole fucking school around. And you 
know what? It's near impossible to do that. 
It's really, really hard. 
A lot of them that went 
into the schools with 
that attitude and that 
mentality and started doing it got fired. And 
again, that makes me think, that makes a lot 
of people think, "well, what the fuck should 
be done or could be done?" And this is 
something I've thought about for a while. 
I'm going back to school now, which kind 
of holds off a lot of plans that I have, but one 
of the ideas I've had is that it would be 
incredible... There's so many punk rock or 
whatever, radical thinking young people, 

teachers- 
people who 
have degrees 



in education. Why hasn' t there been some type 
of union set up? Not a union„but a communi- 
cation, or a group of teachers in all different 
cities who are like this to open up their own 
school? It's not impossible. And I thought 
about that and go "why hasn't that happened 
yet?" ... And I think it would really scare the 
crap out of the board of education because 
what a group of people like that, free thinking 
people would do in a school setting and having 
their own school set up could prove the entire 
board of education wrong. Or show them 
"you've been fucking up for many fucking 
years." The education system in Chicago is 
horrifying, it's so bad. 

MRR: Yet at the same time with those types 
of programs, you look at the info shops that 
we've managed to open up and the Free 
School programs that we've managed to do 
out of those and, while in theory they're 
exciting and it's nice to see them happening, 
at the same time the reality of it is that it 
generally doesn't go that far out of our 
activist community. It doesn't really reach 
the real community. 

MARTIN: But that's not what I would open a 
school for. It wouldn't be to open up so a 
bunch of other anarchists can come to our Free 
School. That's not what it's about. What I 
would do it for is two things. The school that 
I have in mind is to get a space in a neighbor- 
hood like mine and open it up to, one, children 
of illegal immigrant parents and, number two, 
to people who make under like the twelve 
thousand dollar range of money.... I would not 
allow any immigration, no official to come 
into our school to do any type of anything... 
Now, people would say that's unrealistic be- 
cause you don' t have funding. You don't need 
that much funding to do something like that. 
And you know what?There's so many private, 
independent people out there who are wealthy 
enough that love stuff like that and that would 
fund it. So realistically it's not that far of a 
reach. And it wouldn't be opened up for other 
punks to come in and have these fucking 
boring-ass two hour long discussions. That's 
not what I want to do. I want to do a real, 
starting with the young kids, school.... We've 
been exposed to lots of this. Let's share a little 
bit. Let's give it to people who have not or 
don't have access to that. And you know, it's 
not about bringing the kids in and teaching 
them how to start a revolution. No, it's all 
about building real relationships' real bonds 
with children, communicating, expressing 
themselves. Learning also the writing, the 
mathematics... but not in the super dry way, 
but in a way that they can understand it. And 
letting them open up. Teaching them how to 
speak, how to talk, how to ask questions, 
dialog. That's what we need people to do 
around here. We need kids to open up their 
mouths around here. For so long these kids 
around here are usually told to shut up and just 
sit there, and that's what they want [from 
kids]. What I want is something where there's 
dialog, where people are talking. That's the 
kind of school that I want to give them. It 
seems like a far fetched dream of mine, but it ' s 
not that far fetched, it's just going to take time 
to do it, it's to open up a little school. And 



gather up people who would be awesome 
for teaching and really just good people who 
have education backgrounds or who are 
extremely well at doing something. Put 
them into a school like that and let them feel 
like they have a bit of room to breathe and to 
move and to do' something a little new, a 
little different. Where the board of educa- 
tion is not going to come down and say "oh 
you're not working by the book, get the fuck 
out of here." ... And although it would start 
really small scale, that's the way everything 
starts. And don't let it get so big and out of 
control that it no longer is what it was. 
That's the thing it get's down to... Because 
I thought about the Montessori method of 
teaching, that I love the whole idea behind 
Montessori when it started. You know, it 
was started for all these really poor kids in 
Italy who had nothing. And how to send 
your child to a Montessori school is five 
thousand dollars a year. 
MRR: I'm glad you're really conscious of 
this. I think there's a tendency, especially 
with this current trend of all these punk 
kids and supposedly radical people going 
into education, for their solution to deal- 
ing with the problems within the school 
system to be to go teach at some liberal 
private school, where [although the 
teaching philosophy is more in line with 
theirs,] essentially they're only going to 
be reaching the rich kids who would be 
getting a far more liberal public school 
education in the first 
place. 

MARTIN: Right.... Punk 
people really hold a lot of 
power, and they don't real- 
ize it.... They have poten- 
tial because they know, and 
I'm not speaking for every- 
body, but a lot of [punk] 
people know or have ac- 
cess to a lot of information 
than ... any other person on the street would. 
We're kind of. I don't know how to say it.. . 
We know that' we can do things. We know 
that we have the ability to move. We're a lot 
more vocal, some of us. We think a lot more 
drastically. And we know we have resources 
and we can pull money together if we really 
had to. There's 

But the kids need 
social skills. They need 
to learn to get the fuck 
out of the neighborhood 
and to see what's goin 
on in the world. An 
they need to learn how 
to work within the 
neighborhood and with- 
in their community and 
communicating with 
each other. That's what 
they need to learn. That 
to me is more important 
than them learning 
math. 




the ability to 
do that type of 
stuff. And 
these are 
things that we 
take for grant- 
ed. Because 
it's just there, 
if and when we 
want to get up 
and do it. But 
there's people 
who don't 
even think that 
it's a possible 
thing.... Basi- 
cally, we have 
the power to do 
a lot of stuff 



that everybody really has, but a lot of people 
have not tapped into it. And I think why not 
bring that to other people and teach other 
people how to do that? And at the whole 
thought I get really excited ...There's so 
many of us. And I think that's good that kids, 
punk kids, are getting into education. Good! 
But don't go to the fucking wealthy liberal 
schools. 

MRR: Because so much is already in 
place for them. There's other kids who 
actually need this type of education. 
MARTIN: Yeah, there's kids who really 
need it. And there's areas like this city... I 
mean the public schools in the suburbs have 
a fuck of a lot more going on for them than 
the schools here. It's pathetic. I have kids in 
my program who can't bring books home. 
What kind of a school do you have running 
that you can have your kids bring books 
home? There's fifteen books to forty fuck- 
ing kids. What the fuck is that? How are they 
going to learn? How can they practice any- 
thing? Like the material that is available to 
the kids is just ridiculously imbalanced. And 
that's just material-wise. So why are these 
kids going to go over to the suburbs [to 
teach] where they already have all that? You 
want to give it to someone who doesn't. 
MRR: Right. I mean, you look at how the 
funding is done, where across the coun- 
try, almost entirely, it's based on proper- 
ty taxes. Therefore the wealthy commu- 
nities have rich schools where they can 
afford all those resources. 
You look at how systemati- 
cally poor communities have 
been denied increased fund- 
ing to their schools and it's 
hard to look at those statistics 
and not become conscious of 
how a class war is being 
fought in our schools against 
poor communities. So to see 
supposedly radical educators 
going into schools for these wealthy com- 
munities is kind of saddening to me. 
MARTIN: It's saddening because I think it 
just kind of dies there. I think the intentions 
may be good initially, but it fizzles. The 
drive you might have in bringing something 
to children who really need it is like nothing 
that kids in wealthy schools 
don't need too, but they've got 
a hell of a lot more resources 
than kids in inner cities do. 
And, you know, the sad thing 
is we'll see once the neighbor- 
hoods like this one are gentri- 
fied that the schools will be- 
come a little better. That's be- 
cause there's new children 
coming around from different 
types of families with a differ- 
ent kind of income. And that' s 
the fucking saddest thing, that 
it's so blatant, the racism, the 
blatant classism. You just go 
"shit, this is unbelievable! " 
MRR: What are your 
thoughts on the cultural 
clamps that we close down 



on kids, especially when it comes to lan- 
guage use in the classroom, or cultural 
identity in the classroom, or illegal immi- 
grants coming into the classroom in the 
first place? ... I've heard you talk about 
this before, being in school and being told 
that if you're speaking Spanish you're 
causing trouble or... 

MARTIN: ...Yeah, you can't do it. It's a 
weird thing. It's a very tough situation be- 
cause what we're having right now is a lot of 
kids in the community and even kids in the 
program that I work in. they don't speak 
Spanish adequately and they're not learning 
English adequately. And that's a big prob- 
lem. That's a really big problem and that's a 
big problem because when it's time to move 
on from grammar school, the elementary 
level where they just pass you on because of 
your age, it's a huge problem because when 
it comes down to when they have to test and 
when they have to keep up with kids in other 
high-schools, or even if they ever make it to 
college, they're not going to keep up. 
They're going to fall, they're gonna fail. So 
what's happening is there's a big fall wait- 
ing in the future for a lot of kids, and it's 
really sad, because they cannot communi- 
cate properly. They don't have writing 
skills. They don't have reading 
skills. I think it's important to 
teach them properly, to teach 
them English. Not only so they 
can compete on the educational 
level or on the job market, that's 
not what it's about. It's about so 
they can defend themselves. Be- 
cause a lot of these kids, no one 
is going to even pay attention to 
any of these people because they can't even 
express themselves "properly." People look 
at them like "what are you talking about? I 
don't understand what you're saying," or 
"you're not clear." And that's a big prob- 
lem. A lot of these kids have to translate for 
their parents because their parents don't 
speak English. So what do we have? Some 
people say "oh yeah, just 
keep it, bilingual educa- 
tion." I would like to do 
bilingual education, but it 
would have to be done 
differently, I think. It's 
not just about being bilin- 
gual, it's about not feel- 
ing ashamed of what you 
are. That's what's impor- 
tant. Letting these kids 
feel empowered. 
MRR: I tend to feel that 
with, all these politi- 
cians that go off scream- 
ing about "English 
only" laws within the 
schools, their goal is not 
to get these kids to speak 
English. Their interest 
is served when... Like 
you were saying, En- 
glish allows them to de- 
fend themselves in our 
public forums. But their 




goal is essentially to tell these kids to shut 
up and not speak at all. 

MARTIN: Right. I think it ' s happening now 
a lot and it's going to be happening a lot 
more in the near future where so many kids 
are, it's going to be so fucking sad, because 
they're not going to keep up. They're going 
to be dropping out. Or they're going to be 
failing out... There's something definitely 
not working. And I think the kids need to 
learn English to defend themselves, number 
one. So many injustices have happened to 
people ... who don't know how to speak 
English, so they don't know the laws be- 
cause they can't read the fucking laws. They 
can't read what are their rights. So anything 
can happen and "too bad" and they have no 
way of getting around it. I think it's impor- 
tant they maintain their language too ... So if 
I do most of the day, let' s say, in English, but 
I may have an extra two hours at the end of 
the day where they can just do all cultural 
and all Spanish. And even during the day — 
See, there's a difference. There's my school 
where I went to where it was like "don't 
even talk about Spanish related things." It 
was like "forget it." And there's a friend of 
mine who went to this other school where 
they were a little ahead of the game, where 
all the classes were in English 
but they did songs and recre- 
ational things all in Spanish. 
It was involved. It was not 
like "now we ' re gonna switch 
to Spanish." It was a part of it. 
It's life.... It was a whole dif- 
ferent environment than what 
I might have had. But I think 
the problem that a lot schools 
have had is that they have really made kids 
feel almost ashamed of wanting to know 
what they were or what they are, ashamed to 
want to speak, ashamed of u hat they eat. 
Things like that where they've felt of almost 
lesser value. And I think that' s where the big 
fuck up is? and it's horrible. And it's a 
different thing if you tell kids "that's cool, 



Punk people really hold a 
lot of power, and they don't 
realize it... They have po- 
tential because they know, 
and I'm not speaking for 
everybody, but a lot of 
[punk] people know or have 
access to a lot of informa- 
tion than ... any other per- 
son on the street would. 
We're kind of. I don't know 
how to say it.. . We know 
that' we can do things. We 
know that we have tne abili- 
ty to move. We're a lot 
more vocal, some of us. We 
think a lot more drastically. 
And we know we have re- 
sources and we can pull 
money together if we really 
had to. 



great! Oh, 
can you tell 
us about 
that? I want 
to know 
about 
that!" 
Make them 
feel proud 
and good 
about what 
they are 
and let 
them feel 
empow- 
ered. 

MRR: 
Rather 
than just 
assimila- 
tion into 
the main- 
stream 
culture of 



the school. Or just dropping them flat on 
their face. 

MARTIN: Right, because the reality of it is 
you can try to assimilate kids, and you can do 
it. You'll be fairly successful, but that kid is 
going to deal with some serious conflicts 
throughout his life or her life. They will. 
Because it happens all the time. Because there 
will be a day when they get to the point where 
they go "something's not right here." And 
sometimes it takes these kids 'til they're thirty 
something years old and they go "something is 
not right." And it fucking happens all the 
time.... See, you can assimilate people, you 
can try, but it's just not effective, it's not 
positive, it's not good. Because in trying to 
assimilate these kids, you're teaching them to 
put somebody else down. And that somebody 
else is even something within their own 
selves. And where could you possibly go with 
that? You ain't gonna get far. So it's not a good 
thing at all. And I would do something that 
would be totally opposite of that. Because I 
went through a lot of that type of bullshit and 
I would never put that on anybody else. It's 
just not good. 

MRR: Beyond all the language issues 
there's a lot more cultural stuff that goes 
along with using a different model other 
than assimilation. All the sudden you have 
these opportunities for these kids to be 
learning about their history. Examples of 
people who look like them and were suc- 
ceeding, rather than another white per- 
son's photo in the history book. 
MARTIN: Uh-huh. That's all a part of the 
empowerment stuff. They need to see role 
models, they need to hear about their own 
history. That's true. Because the history that 
gets taught most these days is somebody else's 
history. Anything that relates to what touches 
their people is like a two sentence thing it's 
really brief, 
[personal stuff] 

MRR: You were talking about developing a 
relationship where your students are able 
to trust you, but what about the other way 
around? How much about you do students 
know? Do they know about you being in the 
punk scene? Do they know about you being 
queer? 

MARTIN: Well, the kids I worked with, they 
know I'm in a punk band called Los Crudos. 
They don't know what we sound like, but they 
know I'm in some band and I do stuff. And I 
get a lot of mail-they know that. They know a 
bit about me. As far as being queer; the kids, 
they guess. They take stabs at it. They want to 
know. I think half the kids I work with, they 
have this bet. I think half of them are saying 
"No, I think he likes girls. He has a girl friend," 
and half are going "No I think he likes guys. I 
think he goes the other way." It's like, they 
never know, but they never want to come out 
and actually ask. But they'll kind of insinuate 
in their own little way, you know. And I've 
never sat down and talked to them about me 
being gay or anything like that. They know 
that I don't like when they make "faggot" 
comments. I get really upset. You know "fag- 
got" or "dyke" or anything like that and I get 
really upset and they know I'll call them on it. 



They know it's an issue. You know, if it ever 
really came up I think I would say "yeah, I 
am." My bosses, they know I am. And it' s not 
an issue with them. I've always wondered, I 
don't know how the kids would react, but I 
think they would be ok about it. I'd probably 
be more afraid of not how the kids would react, 
but how their parents would react. Because 
I' ve gone on camping trips with these kids and 
that' s been a worry of mine. I don' t want some 
ignorant parent associating queer with per- 
vert, which has nothing to do [with it]. That 
was a concern of mine. But I think if it were to 
come up I would say "yeah, I have a boy- 
friend." But you know what? We get along 
really well and I don't know if it would really 
make an impact. I think they'd just sort of be 
like "ok, whatever." And life goes on. And to 
me that' s ok, because they can just sort of go 
"somebody that I really trust. I really like this 
teacher, this guy, he's a great person and he's 
got a boyfriend, oh well." Which is great. It'd 
be nice if that could happen all the time for 
people. Instead of just throwing words loosely 
around like fag or this and that and not really 
realizing that may be somebody around that 
they could be offending. 
MRR: When I've been working with kids 
and issues like that have come up, half the 
time I want to be out to the kids just in an 
almost confrontational way, to be like 
"yeah, that's me you're talking about, you 
realize that?" And half the time I want to be 
out to them just so that any kids who are 
there that are queer know that. 
MARTIN: ... Some of them, like this one guy 
I work with, this boy he's already going into 
high-school. He'll make these comments like 
"so who's that on the phone, you're boy- 
friend?" Stuff like that. And I get along just 
really well with this guy, I think he's a really 
cool kid. ... He'll make these comments. And 
I know he knows. But he' s just wanting me to 
say something about it. But it's kind of like "if 
you want to know, you ask me directly." Don't 
hint around, don't make a joke here and there. 
If he really wants to know, I' m waiting for the 
day he can get the nerve up to [ask]. 
MRR: That's good to want the dialog in 
that kind of way. A lot of people would want 
it in this almost condescending way of "oh, 
I'm going to tell this about myself to the kids 
and give them this privilege." rather than 
treating it on an equal level where it's "if 
you want to know about it, you're gonna 
talk to me about it. " I think that's always 
the type of teacher that I've had the most 
respect for. The kind who doesn't take shit 
from the kids, but respects them. 
MARTIN: I think a lot of the kids will joke 
around and say stuff and I won't answer 
anything if it's in a joking way. Because I 
think it's a serious thing and if you really 
want to know ask me in a serious way. You 
want the kids to learn to be honest and up 
front and to be mature about it and not just a 
"hee, hee, hee" joking kind of thing. I think 
the day they can come around to me in a very 
cool way, a mature way? and ask me a serious 
question in that manner, "Alright, you want 
to talk about this? Good, Let's do it!" But I 
think it'll happen. 



MRR: When I give [people] these big 
political reasons that drew me into edu- 
cation and a lot of people will give these 
snide comments that "you know, no kids 
understand those concepts." That's a re- 
ally frustrating thing for me. I guess be- 
cause I really see kids understanding 
these concepts. During the discussion 
group on radical education in Columbus 
[during the More Than Music Fest] some 
guy was saying "you know, all these pol- 
itics we're talking are nice, but what 
about u hen it comes down to teaching 
young kids how to read? We need to talk 
about these specifics. We're sitting here 
talking about colonialism and no kid who 
doesn't know how to read can under- 
stand colonialism." I was like "where did 
you get that? They probably understand 
it a lot better than you do. That's what 
they're probably living." 
MARTIN: They don't need to read it. 
There's certain things that don't need to be 
read. I understand what he' s saying. Again, 
people, kids, need to learn how to read. 
They do. It's going to be very difficult for 
them to do anything, to speak, to do any- 
thing with dialog or whatever, it' s going to 
be very hard. And there's nothing more 
frustrating than when you're 
sitting in a circle of people and 
they're talking way over your 
fucking head and you only un- 
derstand a quarter of the words 
they're saying. That has hap- 
pened to me in the past. It's not 
cool to feel that way. Once you 
start learning how to read and 
you build up a stronger vocab- 
ulary and you're generating all this new 
thought, it's good to have that. So that's 
good. He's 

right in a cer- \ think the punk scene is 

tain sense, but 
to say that kids 
won't under- 
stand colonial- 
ism, that's 
bullshit be- 
cause they're 
living colonial- 
ism. 

MRR: And 
while they may 
not under- 
stand the defi- 
nition of the 
word, when 
you start 

teaching in a 
different 
method that 
allows them to 
read what 
they're want- 
ing to read or 
what is rele- 
vant to them, 
...they under- 
stood that 
you're doing 
something Hif- 




I 



in a really stagnant stage 
where people aren't real- 
ly knowing where to go to 
create some type of 
change. There's this rev- 
olution they talk about all 
the time and I don't think 
a lot of people know 
where to start. And edu- 
cation is a good way, but 
I think they nave to think 
and rethink where exact- 
ly they're going to take 
their education. And I 
think taking it to an al- 
ready established institu- 
tion is not going to work. 
They'll kin you within it 
and they'll just dispose of 
you. I think we nave to 
start thinking outside of 
that and saying "we need 
to create something 
new." I'm always one for 
the "something new." 



ferent from that all the sudden. 

MARTIN: Yeah. I think that, with kids, the 
initial thing and the most radical step you 
can get as a teacher and as an educator is to 
break down that "you are teacher, I am 
student." I mean, it's good that there is that, 
in a way because you need some sort of 
order. You can't have chaos in the class 
room. It's not going to work. But I think 
they can break down that little wall, that 
barrier and trust in you. And have trust that 
they can open up to you and you can talk to 
them. And they can talk to you. That is 
radical in itself. Because I could be a teach- 
er for thirty years and not know a single 
fucking thing that my kids do outside of my 
classroom. That's bullshit. That's bogus if 
that happens. Or you can be a teacher that 
knows what's going on in the classroom 
and knows what's going on outside of the 
class room and is very aware of that and you 
can work with that. You can bring these 
issues and topics up. That' s important. That 
communication's important. I think it's 
vital because once you have that you can 
introduce certain topics in a manner that 
they will understand. 

MRR: Is there anything that you want to 
get into this interview? 

MARTIN: Well, I know I'm 
going to be in school for the 
next two years or so. I don't 
know what's going to happen 
afterwards, I hope that I get so 
pushed to the edge that I' m go- 
ing to definitely want to do this 
school thing because that's 
been a dream of mine for a 
couple of years now to do 
something like that. And I just hope there 
will still be a good core of people around 
who would be really into 
it. I think a lot of people 
would be. I think the punk 
scene is in a really stag- 
nant stage where people 
aren't really knowing 
where to go to create 
some type of change. 
There's this revolution 
they talk about all the time 
and I don't think a lot of 
people know where to 
start. And education is a 
good way, but I think they 
have to think and rethink 
where exactly they're go- 
ing to take their education. 
And I think taking it to an 
already established insti- 
tution is not going to 
work. They'll kill you 
within it and they'll just 
dispose of you. I think we 
have to start thinking out- 
side of that and saying 
"we need to create some- 
thing new." I'm always 
one for the "something 
new." 

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Punk Rock LJcal 827 
Mike Beer Cijly and Sean 
•Abandoned 

„ a small record 
label can be a blast. Putting 
out records for cool bands, 
corresponding with people 
all over the world. Knwoing 
that you're doing something 
to help change things. Then 
there's the other side: com- 
ing up with the money to do 
it, making ads, deciding 
which zines to advertise in, 
making sure you send out 
records for review and what 
about selling them to 
stores? Unless you have a 
friend at Mordam, Epitaph, 
or some big label, you have 
the option of just seling 
through the mail or work- 
ing on a trade bais with 
other labels. Both of these 
things are good, but prob- 
ably won't get your records 
into many mom and pop 
stores. So what's your only 
option? A distributor! Now 
here is where your night- 
mare can begin. When i'm 
talking about a distributor 
I'm not talking about a per- 
son who sells records at 
shows or through the mail. 
I'm Iking about a person 
who calls record stores and 
sells them records. There 
are thousands of tehm out 
there and I notice a lot of 
them have a few things in 
common. They tell you one 
thing and do almost the op- 
posite. They will almost 
never return your phone 
calls or be in when you try 
to reach them. When it 
comes time to get payed by 
them you're lucky if you get 
part of your money four 
months after you were sup- 
posed to. After all the phone 
calls and time you spend 
trying to find where your I 



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money is, it finally gets to 
you. THen you use this 
money (that's suposed to go 
to repressing a record or 
putting out a new release) 
on paying this phone bill you 
ran up trying to get your 
money. All in all, it's hell 
and you say well, what can 
I do? I need a distributor. 

What you an do is join 
(or start a group similar to) 
Local 827. 827 is a creation 
of Mike Bear City and Sean 
Abandoned of Pogo Stick 
Records. We, along with 
other labels, have started a 
union that protects its mem- 
bers from fucked up ways of 
many distributors. In num- 
bers there is power. I don't 
know who said this, but 
whever did was 100% cor- 
rect. 

For example, let's say 
that distributor X won't pay 
record label Y the money 
they are owed. Normally 
record label Y would just 
have to wait an dput up with 
the crap of the distributor. 
With a union like 827, if one 
of our members is being 
jacked around by a distribu- 
tor we will contact that dis- 
tributor and use our lever- 
age to make sure label Y 
gets their money right 
away. The leverage we have 
is the threat of pulling all of 
the union member's records 
if label Y doesn't get their 
money. Then what? We will 
use our voice to let th epunk 
community know how 
scummy and bad distributor 
X is. Also distributor X 
might be surprised to find 
certain record pressing 
plants refusing to press any 
of the distributor's own re- 
leases. Distributor X might 
really be shocked when 

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I 'CALENDER 

Here are the upcoming events we have information for. The sun 
frenzy is winding down and the list is short. Please send me inft. 
any conferences or festivals you hear about I This is not limited i 
punk events only I This is also not limited to the US or to North 
America. Remember that this is contact information only. For a 
complete description or for more information on each event plea 
contact the organizers. Please send info to News do MRR or to 
Jenangel0mindspring.com -thanks! 

• October 17-19 i Columbus OH: Anti Racist Action Conference 
Contact ARA at 614-424-9074 for more information. Featured speak 
include Ann Bohlen (maker of the film "Blood in the Face"), Netso 
Johnson (1980 Greensboro Massacre survivor), along with an anti 
fascist march/rally, workshops, and entertainment. 

• November 1-2 : Bloomington IN: Music Fest 

Saturday November 1 and Sunday November 2 a> Rhino's All-Ages / 16- 
20 bands / Contact for info and to send demos: Fest, c/o residents, 602 
S. Mitchell, Bloomington, IN 47401 

•January 98: Montevideo, URAGUAY: Anarchist Conference 

The Action Collective in Brasil and the Anarcho Punk 
movement in Uruguay are planning an anarchist conference for 
January of 1998. Ifyou want more information, send a E-mail to: 
a9512827accb2.ccb.ufsc.br. Or send a mail to: Anarcho Punk Action 

fve - Caixa Postal 758 CEP 88010-970 Florianopolis-SC Brasil 

arch 14, 1998: San Francisco CA: Anarchist Book Fair 

The third annual Anarchist Book Fair, cosponsored by 
s and Bound Together Books, will be Saturday March 14th from 
> 5pm. For more information contact AK Press at 415-864-0892 
r akpressdakpress.org. More information new month. 

• August 98: Toronto, ON, CANADA: Active Resistance n 

New summer will be ripe for a creative, fun, culturally 
diverse, queer positive. Native-solidarity, pro-feminist youth-friendly, 
political-prisoner-supportive, labour-aligned, anti-poverty, ecologi- 
cally-minded gathering of anarchist and revolutionary activists in 
August '98 to take action against neoconservatism, neoliberalism, and 
all other forms of oppression in Toronto, North America, and around 
the world. All anarchists, revolutionary activists and their friends and 
allies are welcome to Join us in Toronto this coming August Please 
send information requests, organizing and outreach ideas, workshop 
topics, fundraising and activity suggestions, contact addresses, 
political statements, letters of endorsement and structural comments 
to: Active Resistance '98, Toronto Planning Crew, P.O. Box 108 Station 
P, Toronto Canada M5S 2S8, "resista>tao.ca" 



Have you attended a festival or conference recently? Write in to 
MRR NEWS and tell us how it went! 




Alternative Tentacles 



If you're wondering what's up 
with the Alternative Tentacles 
lawsuit (they are being 
sued for the use of a 
photograph on a 
Crucifux CD reis- 
sue), there's not 
much new to tell. 
Earlier this year a 
default judgement 
(to the tune of 2.2 
million dollars) was 
issued against them in 
favor of the Philadelphia 
Police department because no 
one from AT showed up at the 




hearing. However, Alternative 
Tentacles maintains that they 
were never served pa- 
pers and didn't 
know the hearing 
took place. They 
have appealed this 
decision and are 
still waiting to see 
if the judge will 
throw up the 
;udement or if a new 
trial will take place. 
Alternative Tentacles 
had hoped for a decision by Sep- 
tember 1. 



November 1997 



Books and Periodicals re- 
lating directly to educa- 
tion, teaching, and the ap- 
plication of radical poli- 
tics. 



Free School, Jonathon Kozol 
Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to 
Quit School and Get a Real Life and 
Education, Grace Llewellyn, Lowry 
House Publications 
Freedom Challenge : African American 
Homeschoolers, Grace Llewellyn (edi- 
tor), Lowry House publications 
Real Lives : Eleven Teenagers Who 
Don't Go to School, Grace Llewellyn 
(editor), Lowry House Publications 
Future Schools, RG Dixon 
Dumbing Us Dorm: The Hidden Cir- 
riculum of Compulsory Schooling, John 
Taylor Gatto, New Society 
Why Children Fail, How Children 
Learn, Freedom and Beyond, Instead of 
Education, and many others books by 
John Holt 

Deschooling Society, Ivan Illich 
The Lives of Children, George Denni- 
son 

Deschooling Our Lives, A Deschooling 
Reader, Matt Hern 
soon to be published: The Unschool- 
ing Handbook, Mary Griffith 
Periodicals 

Rethinking Schools - An Urban Educa- 
tional Journal, 1001 E. Keefe Ave Mil- 
waukee, WI 53212 (414) 964-9646, 
Fax: 414-964-7220, Contact: Bar- 
bara Miner, Managing Editor, email: 
rethink@execpc.com, published quar- 
terly - subscription is $12.50/yr. (Re- 
thinking Schools is a non-profit, in- 
dependent newspaper advocating the 
reform of elementary and secondary 
public schools with an emphasis on 
urban schools, equity and social jus- 
tice. Founded in 1986, it is written 
by teachers, parents and education ac- 
tivists who understand the day-to-day 
realities of our schools and the need 
to transform them into places that 
provide a quality education for all 
children.) 

Drop Out 'zine, 1114 21st St, Sacra- 
mento, Ca, 95814, dropout 
@emrl.com (Drop out 'zine now has 
a production office with a resource 
library for alternatives to schooling. 
Please call or stop by when you are in 
the area. (916)441-5526.) 

Contacts 
HSC Homeschool Association of 
Californa, PO Box 2442, Atascadero, 
CA 93423, (888)-HSC-4440, 
www.hsc.org. 

Holt Associates and Growing w/o 
Schooling, 2269 Massachusetts Ave., 
Cambridge, MA, 02140, (617)864- 
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HOMEWORK 

PUNK ROCK STYLE 



Since this is the Education issue, we figured 
it would be appropriate to give you some ideas of 
where to start educating yourself. We've divded 
these books and magazines up into three broad 
categories, though, admittedly, some of these could 
fit under two or more headings, recommendations 
provided by Matt Luskin, Tom Wheeler, John 
Heisel, Brad Suspicious, Nate Gangelhof, 
Art Fridrich, and Jen Angel. The information here 
is complete as possible on short notice. 



BOOK SPOTLIGHT 

MATTKEfe' LUSKIN 

A Primer of Libertarian Education. Joel Spring. 1975. 
Black Rose Books * 3981. boul. St. Laurent * Montreal, 
Ouebec*H2WlY5 

Spring provides in this short book a concise look 
at the theories, critiques, history and possibilities of 
radical education. Drawing mostly from the educational 
philosophies of Anarchists, Marxists and the "Freud- 
ian Left," he manages to look at the ways in which our 
traditional schools work against radical political goals, 
as well as the potential for developing educational sys- 
tems that can teach without domination, break class 
barriers, inspire social action and liberate the youth's 
minds. An easy read and: good beginning point to fa- 
miliarize yourself with many other source for radical 
educational thought. 

Twenty-First Century Challenge: Lesbians and Gays 
in Education. Sue McConnel-Celi (ed.). 1993. Laven- 
der Crystal Press * P.O. Box 8932 * Red Bank, NT * 
07701 ($17.95) 

A diverse anthology with material ranging from 
the light (comic strips, poems, personal narratives) to 
the more academic (essays, course curricula, bibliog- 
raphy) all focusing on gay, lesbian and bisexual experi- 
ence in the class room. While some of the more per- 
sonal material is somewhat "fluffy" and not particu- 
larly vital, this book does offer a good deal of material 
useful in the design of a lesbigay inclusive curricula as 
well as an extensive bibliography that is worth check- 
ing out, listing an array of writings, from journal anicles 
on queer educators to queer children's books. 

Pedag o gy of the Oppressed. Paulo Freire. 1970. Herder 
and Herder * New "York 

A classic of radical educational theory and right- 
fully so. The recently deceased Brazilian educator wrote 
lhis inspiring text over twenty-five years ago and it is 
yet to lose any of its urgency or impact. Freire aniculates 
the necessary part that education plays in the 
radicalization of the working class in a way that no other 
has been able to for me. He examines the damage done 
by the traditional classroom hierarchy focusing on the 
uays that it strips the students of social power by teach- 
ing them that they are passive objects who's personal 
views are inconsequential to the political and social re- 

continued on next page 



Books which can help 
you educate yourself 
outside of the classroom 
(we realize that this 
could be pretty much 
any book, but these are 
books which contradict 
or compliment what is often 
learned in the classroom). 



Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An 

Indian History of the American 

West, Dee Brown 

Lies My Teacher Told Me, James W. 

Loewen 

A People's History of the United 

States, Howard Zinn 

Democracy for the Few, Michael Paren- 

ti, St. Martins Press 

How to Make the World a Better Place, 

Jeffrey Hollender, Quill Press 

Unfinished Business, Written By the 

Class War Federation, AK Press 

Anarchist Voices: An Oral History of 

Anarchism in the United States, Paul 

Avrich 

The Media Monopoly, Ben Bagdikian 

The CIA In Guatemala: The Foreign 

Policy of Intervention, Richard H. 

Immerman, University of Texas Press, 

1982 

Under the Big Stick: Nicaragua and 

the United States Since 1848, Karl 

Bermann, South End Press, 1986 

Censored: The News That Didn't Make 

The News 1997, Project Censored 

For the flips ide of current events 
with a healthy dose of criticism, 
some recommended periodicals. 

Adbusters, c/o The Media Foundation, 
1243 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC 
V6H 1B7, Canada 

The Baffler, PO Box 378293, Chica- 
go, IL 60637 

Boycott Quarterly, c/o Center fo Eco- 
nomic Democracy, PO Box 30727, 
Seattle WA 98104 

In These Times, 2040 N Milwaukee 
Ave, Chicago.IL 60647 
Mother Jones, PO Box 469024, Escon- 
dido, CA 92046-9838 
Ms. Magazine, PO Box 5298, Harlan, 
IA 51593 

NACIA: Report on the Americas, PO 
Box 77, Hopewell, PA 16650-0077 
The Nation, PO Box 37074, Boone, IA 
50037-2074 

The Progressive, PO Box 421, Mount 
Morris, IL 61054-9939 
Rabble Review, PO Box 4710, Arling- 
ton, VA 22204 . 

Z Magazine, 18 Millfield St, Woods 
Hole, MA 02543-9900 

Or other magazines you can 
find at your local radical bookseller, 
such as Covert Action Quarterly or 
Alternative Press Review. 



November 1997 



BOOK SPOTLIGHT 

CONIIKUEO 

aKty around them. He also looks 
at the liberatory effect that a 
classroom that has broken dou 
n those borders of hierarchy can 
have. Fueled by his Marxist in- 
fluence (but Marxist in the best 
possible way), he discusses the 
part that privileged people of 
society's oppressing class can 
play in the process of the op- 
pressed gaining a voice and in- 
fluence on their surroundings. 
This is a completely inadequate 
summary of a book that has my 
highest possible recommenda- 
tion. 

Teaching to Transgress, bell 
hooks. 

A collection of writings by 
hooks dealing with her experi- 
ences both as an educator and 
as a student. Thought provok- 
ing and inspiring, a strong, per- 
sonal approach to much of the 
heavy philosophy given in the 
works of Paulo Freire by an 
amazing writer. Heavily influ- 
enced by the work of Freire 
(hooks studied. as a student of 
his), she has integrated her own 
feminist, anti-racist, anti-colo- 
nial critique to his thought and 
presented these politics in a 
much more creative and emo- 
tional form through her essays, 
stories and even an interview 
with herself. Her experiences in 
education, from her childhood 
time spent in schools, both be- 
fore and after segregation to her 
adulthood time spent as a pro- 
fessor at Oberlin College, add 
tremendously to the discussion 
of radical education. 



Tage 3 



Savage Inequalities. Jonathan 
Kozol. 1991. HarperCollins 
Publishers * New York ($13.50) 
Kozol's passionate study 
of school funding powerfully dis- 
plays the inequity that our edu- 
cational system fosters. Through 
six different case studies and 
additional interviews, statistics 
and thoughts, he manages to 
paint a highly emotional portrail 
of the sad state of the schools 
found in poor communities 
across the country as well as the 
wealth, resources and privilege 
of the upper class's schools. The 
damage that this iMbalance 
does to the education of poor 
children is clearly shown. Kozol 
demonstrates the inherent un- 
fairness of a school funding sys- 
tem based on propenv tax (as it 
is across almost the entire 
United States). A moving read, 
recommended along with 
Kozol's other books. 




Minneapolis Riot Update 

Last month we ran a lengthy report on the July 18th po- 
lice raid on Minneapolis 's Bombshelter. This month we got a 
letter telling us that of the thirteen punks arrested, seven were 
still being held in jail with bail amounts exceeding $75,000. If 
you missed the report last month, the so-called riot was a result 
of police storming a show and escalating the situation. The new 
Profane Existence is supposed to carry a full report, and dona- 
tions to help those arrested can be sent to them at PO Box 
8722, Minneapolis, MN 55408 and are being taken at the Min- 
neapolis record store Extreme Noise. We received many news 
clippings and letters about the incident, and the one press re- 
lease we were sent stated, "The events of July 18 were com- 
pletely unprovoked and were blown out of proportion by the 
heavy handedness of the Minneapolis Police Department. This 
summer alone has seen increased -~ ^£j 
numbers of arrests for such petty 
acts as jaywalking and pan- 
handling. We feel this to be 
just the latest incident in an 
increasingly violent cam- 
paign to cimrinalize the 
Twin Cities punk rock 
community." For more in- 
formation you can contact 
Profane Existence or contact 
Dan, Mandy or Jon at (6 1 2) 8 1 3 
1216. 

And more Show Antics... 

Machismo and mayhem around the country.. 

• Rochester 

At the end of August we received a flurry of reports about a show 
in Rochester, New York. Unfortunately we only have second hand ac- 
counts and haven't been able to talk to anyone involved, directly. The 
first report stated that during their set at a basement show, the band 
Shadokahn (ex Moment of Truth) had a 15 year old prostitute led in 
and tied up. Two men fondled her then cut her with razors, and then 
released her. Aparently no one in the crowd intervened and a lot of 
people egged on the men. Then, the woman participated in various 
sexual acts in front of the crowd. The second version said that the woman 
wasn't a prostitute, but the girlfriend of the singer, and that she con- 
sented to everything which took place. 

Is this just PC punk kids running amok (there are a lot more 
extreme things people consent to have done to themselves) or did some- 
thing terrible happen? It's cool that someone has done something to 
cause such a controversy in the s.ometimes stagnant punk world, but it's 
not cool if the degradation or manipulation (to use somewhat light terms) 
is becoming more blatant and acceptable. What really happened here? 

• Reno 

In mid August, at a show in Reno, Nevada, there was more ma- 
cho bullshit to spill. Gehenna, Catharsis, and Unruh played to a full 
house at FSU Studios. No one is sure about what started the violence 
(besides the macho posturing in the pit), or about who stabbed who, 
but one person was stabbed in the stomach and another was cut on the 
face. Apparently the police are after Mike Cheese from Gehenna (who 
is said to have pulled out brass knuckles at a previous show at Epicen- 
ter), though Catharsis and Gehenna are pointing fingers at the Reno 
straightedge band Unconquered. 

• San Francisco 

Even more antics in August.... During their set at Gilman St, 
Furious George was pelted with dairy products and other foul smelling 
edibles. Supposedly this was in response to an anti Furious George let- 
ter that went around on email. Was it retribution for his words against 
Lookout? Or was it George's antagonistic attitude and bad Berkeley 
jokes? At least no one told him he was short. 



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members of 827 come to dis- 
tributor X's door and leave 
with a valuable item of dis- 
tributor X's in replacement 
of th emoney that is owed to 
label Y. Seems harsh, but so 
is having to go ou;t of busi- 
ness cause you were screwed 
by a distributor or not being 
able to press a band's record 
that they planned to take on 
tour. All this because some 
distributor won't pay you for 
a record they have sold. 

We don't want to be bul- 
lies, we just want to be 
treated fairly and gain some 
leverage. Here are a few 
things we hope to accom- 
plish: 

1. Weed out bad dis- 
tributors. 

2. Have distributors 
sign agreements with labels 
and stick to them. 

3. Get distributors to 
start doing more actual pur- 
chases as opposed to consign- 
ment. 

4. Have punk labels op- 
erating as individuals, but 
coming together when a fel- 
low label needs help. 

5. Make it so a small la- 
bel an go into a distribution 
deal with confidence and not 
worry about being fucked 
over. 

Local 827 is open to 
small and medium sized 
punk, hardcore, and oi la- 
bels. If you are interested 
right to Beer City, PO Box 
26035, Milwaukee, WI 
53226, or Pogo Stick POB 
354, Midland Park, NJ 
07432. 



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The Barnhills (Dave - drums, Lucky - bass, 
and Bruiser - guitar) are from Dayton, Ohio and 
play catchy, loud punk rock snuggle-songs. 
Tempos usually crack the Screeching Weasel 
barrier, occasionally breaking into superspeed 
hardcore or foxtrot emo (sometimes in the 
same song). All three sing like the choir of 
heavenly angels (usually all together, some- 
times on-key). Live shows are always a blast. 
Formed in mid-1995, The Barnhills take their 
name from one of Lucky's former girlfriends 
who has not starred in a single made-for- 
television motion picture since their traumatic 
breakup. The members all spring from various 
old Dayton bands whose names cannot be 
mentioned in strict scenester company (most 
notably The Larry Brrrds & The Know Nothings, 
but also Candyass, Planet Ed, Crummy & The 
Cupcakes, Liquid Draino & Colavision (who?)). 
This interview was recorded over brandy and 
cigars in Lucky's room near the mezzanine of his 
palatial punk rock estate in the scummy heart 
of downtown Dayton, Ohio at about seven on a 
Thursday evening (6/5/97). The only animal 
harmed in the course of this interview was 
Bruiser's monster ego. Interview byjones. 
MRR: If you had to compare your music to other 
bands, who would you compare it to? 
B: It's got that just-like-everybody-else thing like J 
Church, Jawbreaker, Superchunk feel to it. 
Lucky: That hurts. 
MRR: Why? 

L: Well it's just totally true. So true it's sad. 
MRR: But I really don't hear any J Church in you 

guys. 
: There's a new song on the record that I think 
has a complete J Church part in it. To me it 
sounds exactly like J Church because we just kind 
of ripped it off of them pretty much. 
D: The reason it sounds like all those bands is 
because we rip stuff off of them. 
B: When we can't write a new song we go up into 
Dave's living room, listen to records and get all 
these ideas and then just play all the nffs in 
reverse. 

L: That's how we make a song, 
(somehow we all start talking about Lucky's bass 
playing and the steady deterioration of his bass 
equipment) 

MRR: How does the bass sound on the record? 
L: It sounds good. I used my bass and — 
B: We took that Laney head that I had, put it on 
his cabinet and — 

MRR: Why don't we let Lucky tell us? 
L: We put a guitar head on the bass cabinet and 
it sounds really good — 

B: It's good because it wasn't a very good guitar 
head so it was a little distorted but it ended up 
sounding enough like a guitar and enough like a 
bass with crunch. 
L: Like Superchunk — 

B: On some songs there are three or four guitars 
so it all sounds really huge. 
D: We used to just be able to go into the studio 
and we could only afford maybe eight hours tops, 
so we'd go through and do the entire record 
altogether. Like just one song after the other 
without even stopping the tape. And then Bruiser 
would overdub a guitar or something and it would 
all be over. But this time we had more time to 
experiment. We put an acoustic guitar over some 
stuff. 

B: I used one of those mini pocket Marshalls on 
some parts of songs, just to see how it sounded. 
We had time to play around. 
MRR: How long did it take you to record and 
mix? 

B: About 30 hours. 

D: That's a lot more time than we've ever spent 
before. 



B: I know it doesn't seem that 
long to record an album but 
for us that's an eternity. 
MRR: And where did you 
record it? 

B: Hidden Music Studios (lo- 
cated in Dayton, OH). And it 
was all engineered by Steve 
Van Etten. We've recorded 
all our stuff there. He charg- 
es $1 5 an hour for a sixteen 
track studio located in his 
basement. 

MRR: You have other 
records out? 

D: We have two 7"s on What 
Else and one on Rhetoric. 
B: And we have a comp 7" on 
Olive Records. One of our 
songs, and songs by The 
Whatnots, Shove, and Some- 
thing Gay. So when the full 
length comes out we'll have 
five recordings to sell. 
L: And no place to sell them. 
MRR: I guess there really 
aren't any shows to sell 
them at here in Dayton now 
that the Sub-Galley's 
closed. 

B: The Barnhills used to play 
at least twice a month in this 




town at the Sub-Galley. And 
now since it's closed, we only 
have one show booked where 
before we used to have at 
least three shows booked all 
the time. 

D: That's why we really have 
to get out of this town. 
MRR: How much have you 
toured around? 
B: I hate this question. 
D: Chicago, Columbus, IN, 
Columbus, OH 
L: South Carolina, Florida 
B: Anderson, Indiana... We 
haven't really left much be- 
cause... 

D: Because we're dumb... 
MRR: It's Dave's fault, isn't 
it? 

B: Because our drummer 
Dave has a day job. In the 
summer we'll do some two 
and three day things. We'll go 
to Pennsylvania or Chicago. 
D: I really want to play Nash- 
ville and Cleveland. I've lived in 
Ohio all my life and never 
played Cleveland. 
MRR: Now all of us here 
have said "there's no place 
to have shows in Dayton" at 
least once. But the MRR 
patented retort would be to 
ask why don't you find a 







place to do shows? You know: 
DIY and all that? What do you 
say to that? 

L: We're going to do shows in 
our house. 

B: One of our roommates is 
having a birthday in the next 
month so we're going to clear 
out the living room and do 
Lynyrd's Innards and the Barn- 
hills there. 

D: We all got a little lazy with 
having the Sub-Galley there be- 
cause Lucky and Bruiser 
worked there so we could get a 
show there whenever we want- 
ed. And it was a block from our 
house . But now it's just a matter 
of finding someplace else and 
also finding someplace that's 
out of the way and — 
MRR: You mean a place where 
a bunch of people won't come? 
Is that what you want? 
D: No, I'm just sick of having the 
police show up and shut every- 
thing down. 

(at this point, the interview 
breaks down into Biblical style 
wailing and gnashing of teeth 
over the closing of the Sub- 
Galley, everyone agrees it was a 
great place to go, a great place 
to play, etc.) 

D: What's funny is I don't think 
people around here really ap- 
preciated the fact that the Sub- 
Galley was there. 
B: All they did was bitch about 
Ken Gross (owner/operator) 
and the Sub-Galley, blah-blah- 
blah. But still, whenever they got 
offered a show, they played 
there. And now all those people 
are bitching because there are 
no shows. 

MRR: What's the worst Barn- 
hills moment ever? 
L: This interview. 
MRR: Okay. 
D: No, it was... 
B: Were you going to say Colum- 




bus? We'd only been together about six months. We 

weren't even a good band then. 

D: We weren't practicing at all either. So we go up 

to play this show and there was a lot of energy but 

we played like shit. Bruiser was really drunk. 

B: The whole time I was playing there was somebody 

there with his arm around me with a drink in my face . 

I fell on the floor. My amp fell on the floor. I didn't 

care. 

MRR: Do you have a picture of that? 

All: No. 

L: But the worst night was at Plan B. 

B: Yeah, we played at Plan B Coffee House in the 

Oregon District [in Dayton]. 

L: At least we had fun in Columbus. When we played 

Plan B we had the worst time of our lives. 

B: We played as bad as we did in Columbus, but we 

didn't even have fun. 

D: At one point I saw Bruiser jump in the air at the 

end of a song. He hurls himself up in the air, comes 

back down and his whole amp falls over. 

B: My brand new Marshall head falls off and rips this 

jack out. So the rest of the time I just took off my 

Suitar and sang. 
i: It was really funny to look out and see all these 
blank faces — 

B: "All these" blank faces? You mean like 5 blank 
faces. 

D: It was a sad experience... 
B: Dayton wasn't ready for the Barnhills! Let's talk 
about our one big experience — playing with the 
Queers at the Newport. 

MRR: That's what I was asking before about the 
Barnhills experience you're most proud of. 
B: I'm still more proud of the album. But this was a 
good show. They just called us up out of the blue two 
weeks before and asked us to play this huge, 
thousand seat place with the Queers. And when we 
played, I don't know about them [Dave & Lucky] but 
I was nervous. But I had a good time, we had a good 
crowd response, we sold stuff — 
D: Bruiser was so nervous before we got up to play 
he kept coming up to me going, "Man I'm so nervous. 
How're you doing? God, I'm so nervous." 
B: I've just never been in a show situation like that 
where there are people going "See that clock? You 
gotta be on at 8 o'clock! Off by 8:30!" And we had 
a backstage room where we... sat down. They 
handed us towels and backstage passes — 
L: We stole somebody's backstage room. We didn't 
have one. All the bands had one except us. 
B: But the wierd thing is I didn't think we'd go over 
that well at a place like the Newport. But we had a 
good response, there was a shitload of people there. 
L: They all came to see us. 

D: We were given 30 minutes to play and after we 
were done... Well I think they're just used to 
everybody using every minute of their time to play 
there. Wnen we were done the soundman looked at 
us from behind the board like "Is that it?" 
B: We played 1 6 minutes. 

D: But that's normal for us. A normal Barnhills set 
is only like 1 5 minutes long. 
MRR: You've been playing a little bit longer lately, 
haven't you? 

B: Yeah we're up to 20 or 25 now. 
D: Which is pretty amazing for us. I just hope we 
never get boring. 

B: But if you like a band alot and they're energetic and 
you only see them for 20 minutes there's no way 
you're going to get sick of them. And then you're 
going to want to see them again. 
MRR: So it's a capitalist thing. You'll get their 
money on the next show too, right? 
B: Yes. We may have to wait, but the money will 
come to us... 

L: The first Barnhills show was only 5 minutes long. 
D: At that show we had everybody guess how long 
we would play and people were saying 30 minutes, 



MRR: I was there. I guessed 25. 

D: Well we clocked in at 4 minutes, 31 seconds. 
That was about four or five songs. 
B: The closest person guessed 1 2 minutes, so we 
gave them a free spray-painted t-shirt. I know 
people who still wear those first spray-painted 
shirts we made. 

MRR: Do the Barnhills have t-shirts now? 
B: Yes. It's got that thing that I guess has become 
the Barnhills' logo now. It's a cartoon crazy guy 
from the fifties. It's all over the new record. 
MRR: You played with L7 at the Sub-Galley. How 
did that come about? 
D (pointing at Lucky): You tell this one. 
L: Well— 

B: It was supposed to be Real Lulu, but Katie got 
in a car accident. [Dave, Joel & Lucky all wish a 
sincere get-well-soon to her.] We didn't even know 
we were playing until the day of the show. L7 
brought in this monster sound system and every- 
thing sounded just as good as it did at the Newport. 
MRR: How did the bands treat you? 
L: They were pretty cool but well — 
D (to Lucky): Do you remember the band that 
played after us? They were called New York Loose. 
I think they were on some major label. 
B: They didn't think there was a band playing before 
them. So their drum set was set up in front of L7's 
which I guess is how it goes for the opening band 
on a big rock tour. After they finished their sound 
check, all we needed them to do was move their 
drum set. They didn't have to move their amps Just 
the drum set so Dave could put his there. They 
threw a fucking shitfit about it. They were like "what 
do you mean there's an opening band? We're the 
opening band!" 

D: So we're sifting there watching them play and 
their lead singer's got this qlitter mascara and she 
goes "This one's about our hometown about some- 
body jumping off the Empire State Building. It's 
called... Pretty Suicide." We laughed. 
B: It's bands like that that make me think: rock and 
roll die, PLEASE DIE! You know what I mean? 
"We're from New York, we're rock-n-roll, we're 
where The Ramones and The New York Dolls are 
from so now we're going to capitalize on it..." 
MRR: Do you guys realize that just now you told 
Lucky to tell the story and he only got three 
words out before you guys took over? 
B: Well he forgot to— 

MRR: So I'm going to start with Lucky on this one 
and see if he can finish without you guys inter- 
rupting. You guys only play all-ages shows it 
seems. Is that a policy? 

L: Not really with us. It's just what we've done so 
far — 

B: Let me interject here real quick. It started out 
as a policy but — 

MRR: No, shut up, shut up. Let Lucky answer. 
L: I don't think we ever really said we were just going 
to play all ages shows. 

MRR: The reason I ask sort of leads into my next 
question. You guys sort of grew out of the Larry 
Brrrds? I mean you're a different band but two of 
you (Dave & Lucky) were in the Larry Brrrds so 
it seems to me you sort of grew out of them. 
B: I don't like to say that. Not because I wasn't in 
the Larry Brrrds, but just because at the time we 
started, everybody thought were going to be just 
like them. But I don't think we sound like them at all. 
MRR: Oh come on, you sound at least a little bit 
like them. 
B: I don't think so. 

D: We got a letter the other day saying "why don't 
you guys call yourselves the Larry Brrrds any- 
more?' And to me this band just has a totally 
different feel to it. Sure we have two of the same 
people but we also have one totally different 
person. And Bruiser was in the Know Nothings 
so why don't people ask us to call ourselves the 





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Know Nothings? I don't think it 
would be fair to call ourselves the 
Larry Brrrds to him or us or 
anybody. 

MRR: You don't play any Larry 
Brrrds songs, do you? 
L: No. This just started out as 
everybody's side project. 
D: Bruiser was in The Know Noth- 
ings who were going really strong. 
And we had just got done with the 
Larry Brrrds. We were practicing 
like once a month. 
B: It would have been different if 
Eric [Larry Brrrds guitar player] 
had just quit the Larry Brrrds and 
they needed another guitar player 
to take his place. But that's not 
what happened and in fact, The 
Larry Brrrds still haven't broken 
up. They've got an album coming 
out soon on Rhetoric. 
MRR: Isn't Eric lost now some- 
where in the jungles of Oreqon? 
D: Yes. 

L: But the all-ages thing was sort 
of a policy with the Larry Brrrds 
and it kind of bled into the Barn- 
hills. 

B: To tell the truth, though. Except 
for that benefit for Justin, which 
was a good reason to play an 1 8 
& over show, we haven't even 
been offered any non-all-ages 
shows. 

D: I think we'll play almost any- 
where as long as people will appre- 
ciate what we're doing. It just 
happens that all-ages shows are 
where most people seem to ap- 
preciate it. 

The Barnhills first full- 
length release, "High in the 
Middle, Round on the Ends" 
(vinyl/CD] and their s/t 7" 
record is now available from 
What Else? Records, PO Box 
3411, Dayton, OH 45401. 
Send a letter to get a catalog. 
Contact The Barnhills at the 
same address or call 937-258- 
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MRR: Let's start out in the great tradition of 
interviews. Who the hell are you guys and 
what the heck do you contribute to Lickity 
Split? 

C: Hi, I'm Chris and I play bass. 
BB: Brian Baker, guitarist and complainer. 
BS: I'm Brian Stewart and I sing for the band. 
CR: My name 
is Chuck. I play 
drums. 

MRR: Its 
kind of a super 
band isn't it? I 
mean each one 
of you has 
played or is 
playing in an- 
other fairly 
formidable 
band. 

C: Yea, I still 
play with The 
Suspects and 
for all intents 
and purposes 
The Suspects 
are my main 
band at the mo- 
ment. Lickity 
Split is a side- 
project sort of 
thing that is ac- 
tually a lot of 
fun. Keeps me 
real busy. 
BB: I think the 
term is "Super- 
group" 

CR: I played 
with the Pietast- 
ers for roughly a 
year. We did one 
E.P. 

MRR: I stand 

corrected. What brought the original mem- 
bers together? 

C : My broken leg. Igot into a fight with the ex- 
guitar player from The Suspects and I fell of a 
stage in Baltimore and broke my leg. I didn't 
want to have anything with the Suspects any- 
more so While I was healing I started jamming 
with different people and that is how Lickity 
Split came together. 

BS: Chris and Chuck were working on some 
songs and asked me to sing on them. Chuck I 
didn't know but Chris and I were in a 
band called K.A.S.H. for a short while. 
CR: Chris called me when he broke his 
ankle. 

MRR: The newest member is you 
Brian B., why did you jump on board 
Brian? 

BB: They asked me to. 
MRR: With Chris and Brian in the 
band, there was no mistaking, at 
least for me, the influences of Avail and The 
Suspects in the songs. I was wondering how 
the addition of Brian B. is going to change 
that flow, or is it? 

C: I think it will definitely change our sound. 1 
Brian has his own signature style. I'm not sure 
how he feels but he has a little of the original 
DC emo sound with us. Also he refuses to play 
the ska. But that's okay with me. 
BB: I have no idea. 
BS: I think Brian B. adds a more punk sound, 



A harder sound. Plus, he knows how to write punk 

songs. Our other guitar player didn't even like punk 

music. 

MRR: Hey Chris and anyone else that is in another 

current band, how do you balance your other band 

efforts with those required by Lickity Split? 

C: Balance? I just go full throttle with both. I find if I 






sit around doing nothing I engage in self-destructive 

behavior. So it is best for myselfto keep busy. 

BB: I play with Lickity Split when I'm not on tour with 

my other band. 

MRR: You recently finished up your first tour and 

I'm wondering how you think it went? 

C : With the exception of a few shows it went as well as 

it could for a bands first tour. We didn't have one show 

cancellation, we got along fairly well and at some shows 

we had a decent crowd. California was weird. Our best 

show in California was at Zed records in the LBC. 



CR: The gang in Denton Tej 
Bonnie Brae house. The 
pretty good too. They had; 
night. 

MRR: Are you gonna go 1 
C: Not anytime soon but ■* 
BS: I hope we can go back 01 
to st 
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Baltimore and the DC sub 
BB: Ever try to open a clu 
with antiquated zoning law 
tation, virtually no street p 
government? 

BS: Because bands from tl 
tough. The new punks an 
scene. People think Dischc 
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MRR: Do you see it as in 



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BS: I thought our first tour went great. We met some 

of the coolest people and had a ton of fun. A shout out 

to Anti-Flag "I'M IN COCKS FAN CLUB!" 

CR: I think it went pretty well. I think this was more of 

something to create a buzz. 

MRR: Where were you favorite stops along the 

way? 

C: Reno comes to mind. Our day off in New Orleans. 

Chicago was great! Denton, TX was really good. 

Pensacola Florida was Good. Atlanta was crazy. 

BS: Without a doubt I'd have to say Denton, Texas! 



quality of bands that fori 
C: Yes I do. There are a lot 
one ever hears about. But 1 
black cat lets you play yc 
enough to draw a decent c 
your a good band you wi 
mediocre you wont. There : 
and that is the coolness fa> 
people on the in-scene you 
you still have to be good t< 
BS: Yes and I think it's re£ 



as was great. Big-up to the 
Fireside Bowl show was 
some kick ass bands that 

>ack out anytime soon? 
e'll see. 

lit in the fall. But we'll have 
e about that. 
Hopefully 

I: How much do you 
£ about the future of the 
I and the direction it is 
ling in? 

iVe're just having fun. 
;n't really though much 
it the future except for re- 
ing an album with Brian B. 
Not at all. 

iVe have our first show with 
n B tomorrow that's about 
ir as I'm gonna look for 
. I think things are going 
t and I don't like looking to 
Bead. 

I feel really good about the 
re of the band. 
R: DC, with the excep- 
i of the Black Cat, seems 
>e a tough place for get- 
[ a venue going and keep- 
it going, why do you 
lk that is? 

Several things are at play 
i this. First off DC is 
y expensive and to 
n a place and have it 
t requires some 
ivy investments, 
o DC may have a large 
isic Scene but you really 
;d to be known to draw peo- 
. Small clubs do not attract 
larger bands and the larger 
ids like to play the bigger 
n. A lot of shows happen in 
urbs. 

b/hall in a dilapidated city 
s, pathetic public transpor- 
larking and a corrupt local 

le outside of DC think it's 
; way cooler then the old 
rd bands run the place. I'm 
ymore! Not by a long shot! 
ipacting the number and 



CR: I don't think the number of venues is impacting 

the bands in a bad way. It makes them hungrier and 

they practice more so they can get better shows. 

MRR: From the bands that I've seen there, it seems 

to me that there is a definite DC sound that is 

somewhat heavier and maybe a tad slower than 

elsewhere. Do you see that as well? 

C : Yep, I sure do and I like it that way. It give the music 

more soul and feeling than if your going for speed all 

the time. I'm guessing this question only refers to the 

punk bands though. There are a lot of other bands that 

have a quirky math-rock feel or an indi-pop feel. 

BB: Everyone sounds like Fugazi. Does that count? 

BS: Not really at all. Maybe the Dischord crowd 

sounds the same. But the rest of the bands 

sound different to 

slow. 

CR: No. There 

sounds out 

MRR: In 

time there 

last year, 

there 

seems 

to be 

a 




n there? 

of bands from here that no 
>y the time the 9:30 club or 
>ur probably already good 
:rowd. So in other words if 
11 do well in DC. If your 
is also another factor in this 
:tor. If your down with the 
can get a show real easy but 
a last, 
illy sad for us here in DC . 



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there. 

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real 
division 



scene. 

Do you see the 

same thing? 

C: Yes and no. When you 
were here there was an obvious 
division but now people are used to 
the Torque Records punk scene type of 
thing that it draws people from all scenes. 
Well maybe not the Simple Machines/Teen 
Beat people but people from the Dischord side 
and Straightedge side are always checking us out. 
BB: I just moved back here from LA so I don't know 
really what's going on with the scene here. 
BS: Somewhat, but not really. That's what I love about 
DC. I could go to see a different band doing different 
music every night of the week. Some people only go to 
one kind of show. But that is how it is everywhere. It 
must be really boring. You can get a lot of punk points 
that way. 

CR: There is a division. I do see things improving 
however, with bands helping each other get shows. 
MRR: I'm always kind of curious as to what brings 
people into punk and therefore I ask you what were 
the reasons you picked this community of people? 
C : I got into punk for the freedom it gave you from the 
everyday world and the freedom from rules. I also 
enjoy the loyalty of the punk community and their 
ideals. I know there are always gonna be conflicts 
within the community but I choose to rise above all 
that and look at the bigger picture. Punk Rock gives 
you the ability to do what the fuck you want and to tell 
others to fuck off if they don't like it. It also allows you 



to be very entrepreneurial and creative. Punk 
Rock brings art, business and creativity to the 
common man. It says "Hey if you can do it then 
so can I. 

BB: I was 15 years old, and I went to high school 
with the future members of Minor Threat and 
S.O.A.. I think the community picked me. 
BS: I've been in punk bands for 10 years now. Its 
the only music I ever really wanted to be a part of. 
Punk & Ska. The music just seams important to 
me. 

CR: The music is what got me here. Intense 
energy!! 

MRR: As I look around, I see an ever changing 
of the guard in the people that are involved in 
our community. Lots of em either head back 
into the mainstream or into another genre of 
music. Since most of you are somewhat older 
than the average aged punk, what keeps you 
from abandoning it and going into something 
else? 

C: Same answer as in the previous question 
BB: I've abandoned it at least five times. Strange- 
ly enough, it keeps pulling me back in like some 
celestial tractor beam. Make it stop. 

BS: Its just to easy to make it work. If you 
want to play a show, set one up. If 
you want to put out music, just 
put it out. There are no rules 
or at least there isn't sup- 
posed to be. 

CR: I need this as 
a release. 
Therapy if 
you will. 
MRR: Do you 
see there being 
some overriding 
politics or rules 
that govern punk? 
C: Oh yea, This maga- 
zine for one. Also some 
Bands are like that too. 
But like I said before Punk 
rock lets you tell people to 
fuck off if you don't like it. 
You don't need to kiss ass. So, 
if MRR doesn't like this answer 
cause I say they have certain rules 
then they can tell me to fuck off and 
not print this interview. And you 
know what, that is fine by me cause 
they got their own thing going on and it 
is just as punk. Ideally though since punk 
is a community of people we should be able 
to work petty stufflike this out. I also find 
myself defendingthis magazine to several people 
who criticize it. I mean ifyou don't like it, don't 
read it. They are not Gods or the final word. I 
think people place too much emphasis on this 
mag. It is a damn good one but it is not the be all, 
end all. Just do what you like and be what you 
like. Punk rock should have no rules or role 
models. 

BB: Yes, most of which are fostered by this very 
magazine. 

BS: Yes, mags like this one, I read it, but most 
times I think its a bunch of bullshit. That proba- 
bly won't make it in the mag and that's what I 
mean. I'm not trying to be rude, I'm telling you 
how I feel. Thank you for asking? 
MRR: Thanks for talking with me guys! 
Lickity Split can be reached care of 
Torque Records, PO Box 229, 
Arlington VA 22210. Interview by Art 
Fridnch. Photos by C. Henderson. 



Columbia, South Caroli- 
na's In/Humanity isn't one of my all-time favorite 
bands, but they are definitely among my current fa- 
vorites. Their music is fast and abrasive, but so what? 
Playing fast music is hardly a novelty. Any lout with a 
httleskUlcandothat. What I like about In/Humanity 
is their attitude. This is a band that actually takes a 
standonimportantissues. Theyareabandthatmakes 
you think a kttle, provided you take the time to read 
oneoftheirlyricsheets.orifyoubotbertolistentothe 
singer'sbetweensongbanter.Preachy?Maybealittle, 
but it wouldn 'thurt anyone to hear what they're say- 
ing. And isn't communication what hardcore punk 
rock is all about? Toward the end of tire interview 
Chris mentions how the Dead Kennedys made an 
impact on his life. Perhaps to someone just getting 
into hardcore punk, In/Humanity might have the 
sameimpact. ThisinterviewtookplaceJune2, 1997m 
Tampa, Florida, before an In/Humanity show. 
Present for the interview were Chris and Paul. Inter- 
view and photos by Bob Suren. 
MRR: Maybe we should start with my bullshit ques- 
tions. Who's in the band, how long have you been 
doing it and why? 
C: Chris, vocals. 
P: Paul, guitar. 

C: Will, bass and Ben on drums. This particular line up 
has been together for about two years. Paul and I have 
played together for about five, maybe six. And we do 
it because it's fun and because we feel like we're doing 
something that's a lot more important than it really is. 
P: And I think it allows us to communicate with a 
bunch of people at once. 

MRR: How is a band like In/Humanity received in 
South Carolina? 
C: Not at all. 
MRR: Not at all? 

P: Yeah, actually someone told me he was on the 
internet with this kid and he was from a town not too 
far away from Columbia (SC) and he asked a kid what 
his band sounded like and he said Spazz. And me 
other guy, who was from Boston, asked me kid in 
South Carolina if he'd heard of us and he said no. It's 
really crazy, because it seems like the reception has 
been pretty good everywhere else. Except the south 
and South Carolina, and that's pretty much the state 
we ve targeted for the past five years. 
C: I think we're lucky to get 20 people at a show in 
South Carolina. And it's kind of funny because a lot of 
the songs we write are just about issues that are going 
on in South Carolina, then we go on tour and play for 
like 200 people and they can't really relate to what 
we're talking about And the people that we're trying to 
target and trying to get to relate to us generally are 
completely uninterested. 

MRR: So, even within South Carolina's punk scene 
nobody gives a rack about In/Humanity, is what 
you re saying? 
C: Pretty much. 

MRR: Is there much of a South Carolina punk scene? 
P: Yeah, that's what I was going to say. I don't really 
know any band that's doing that great except for 



In/Hu 



cheesey macho hardcore bands. Assfactor 4 gets may- 
be 30 people. I don't think anybody really draws. 
C: Well, people in South Carolina don't really support 
any type of local music, no matter what it is, whether 
it's punk rock or just rocknroll. And I can use as an 
example, Hootie and The Blowfish, which is about the 
biggest band in the country. They've sold more 
records than any debut act andyet, when they were in 
South Carolina starting out; they could barely get 
anybody to their shows. They weren't signed until 
they started touring and got recognized in other cities 
because nobody in Columbia gave a fuck about them. 

MRR:Whataboutthemainstreampopulace7Howdo 
they interact with In/Humanity? You're pretty vocal 
against a lot of southern tradition, a lot of macho 
mentality, guns and racism and shit like that What 
kind of reaction do you get from backward ass red- 
necks in South Carolina, which I am sure there are a lot 
of? f' 



C: We definitely 
don't get any 
kind of a reac- 
tion at shows, 
because they just 
don't come. But, 
as far as flyers 
and stickers and 
things like that, • 
they are always • 
torn down or 
have really racist . 
comments writ- , 
ten on them t 
when we find 
them later. • 

P: And let me, at • 
this point, state 
that the reason I j 
am the way 1 « 
am... I don't just * 
say, "You're all a 
bunch of red- • 



And he said, "No, you 
need to keep on walking. You see, I don't have a 
problem, but my friend over here is going to have a 
problem. " And 1 had never met these guys and I didn 't 
say anything to them. I didn't look at them or any- 
thing. They just started yelling at me. 
MRR: They thought you were gay? 
P: Well, I think that was their problem. I guess they 
must've thought 1 was gay and they wanted to go 
around gay bashing. So they got out of the carand one 
guy took his shirt offand I ran into the store trying to 
ask them to call the cops. It was just a big mess. I mean 
they left me alone, but it was pretty much because I 
slipped into the store. The thing is that things like that 
happen all the time. It's not just like where we're from 
but, I hear about that happening in all kinds of places' 
But, there's a certain kind of feeling in the air Things 
like the Confederate flag havecaused tension amongst 
people. It just builds up. Mainly it's just the white 

rednecks in the 



necks!" 



and 




things like that 
you know. I'm $' 
mean, that's not • 
it. I mainly target * 
people who ad- 
mit that they're J 
racist and arej 
proud of the fact 
that they're rac- 1 
ist and are proud 
of their bigotry. 

My example of this is the other night I was walking 
across the street from work to this store and this guy 
started asking me if I was a faggot. And I was like, "No, 
I m not I don't know what you're talking about" And 
his friend gets out of the car and says, "Hey, man You 
need to keep on walking." And I was like, 'Well I'm 
going to walk into the store and get some pretzels " 



area that seem 
like they really 
aren't used to Af- 
rican-Americans 
and the gay life- 
style. It's really 
crazy. It's run by 
right wing David 
Beasley. And the 
Christian Coali- 
tion pretty much 
voted him into of- 
fice. Me and Chris 
talk about 

Sylvester Adams, 
the 39-year old 
African-Ameri- 
can, retarded 
male who got me 
death penalty. 
We were two out 
of fifty there to 
say don't kill the 
guy, against me 
death penalty. 
And then they 
have a rally to not 
take down the 
Confederate flag 
and you see like a 
thousand white 
people in full 
Klan garb, wav- 
ing Confederate 
flags and it's 
scary. 1 can only imagine what it would be like to be 
African-American, having to drive down me street 
and see all of the people in Klan uniforms at the state 
house. You must feel like you 're a fucking alien in your 
own neighborhood. 

C: And there's nothing outlandish about that in South 
Carolina. I think that's the main problem. All of that 



hatred is very status quo and it's very accepted. You 
could go to a flea market in South Carolina and there 
will be a table set up with a guy selling shirts with 
Malcolm X and Martin Luther King and right next to 
him will be a table with a guy selling shirts that say 
things like, "100% cotton. Your mama picked it," or 
"It's a white thing, you couldn't afford it." Just like all 
these racist slogans, shirts 
with the Confederate flag 



for that matter. But we do see a lot of Confederate flags 

down here and it's become almost meaningless. You 

see it on the street and a lot of people just think it's a 

symbol of southern pride, whatever the hell that 

means. 

C: For a lot of people it does mean their heritage, but 

what we're saying is look at what your heritage is. A lot 



that say, "You wear your X, 
I'll wear mine." 
P: Or, "The Original Boys in the Hood," with a picture 
oftheKlan. 

C: And this table with this guy selling stuff sits right 
next to the guy with the Malcolm X stuff and they 
don't say a word to each other, just because it's totally 
accepted. It's just part of the culture there. 
P: And I'm against any racism. I'm not just against 
white people, the rednecks. I'm against the racism 
that's put out by them. Right now the biggest problem 
seems to be racism coming from that end, with the 
Confederate flag. 

C: And what I'd like to say, if we're talking about the 
Confederate flag is that I don't want it to come across 
like I'm trying to tell every Joe Schmoe to take it down 
off of his pickup truck or off of his front yard. That's 
fine, but like I had to argue with some guy who had a 
Confederate flag on his hat. And I said, "That's fine, 
keep your flag g. , \ p j .„ 

on your cap,' .«•** oj»i*. "*A •***. *_** 
but I don't want 
it on my state 
house, which is 
a symbol of me 
community 
live in." Espe- 
cially consider- 
ing that they 
put the Confed- 
erate flag on the 
South Carolina 
state house in 
the sixties to 
protest the civil 
rights move- 
ment. It's very 
obvious what 
that flag means 
there. And a lot 
of people are 
upset about it, 
but unfortu- 
nately, not the 
people who are 
elected into of- 
fice. Those peo- 
ple want to 
keep it. 

MRR: We see a 
lot of Confeder- 
ate flags here in 
Florida, too. 
Probably not as 
many as in 
South Carolina, i Z£i 
because Florida ^ u "™*^[^^^"*lifc 
is a transplant 
state. Almost nobody who lives in Florida was born in 
Florida. They've come here from all over the country, 
so you're just as likely to meet a native New Yorker 
down here as a Floridian as someone from California, 



In/Humanity 



south's got the market cornered on bullshit, well, 
that's not true. There's bullshit here as well." I'm not 
saying there's not, but everywhere else we've gone 
there's a lot of different cultures that are integrated 
and everyone sort of tries to work together. Whereas, 
where we're from, there's no integration whatsoever. 
The cultures are very separated and one culture does 
not pass into another with- 
out real problems. It's like 




of it is bullshit. The mere fact that every racist organi- 
zation in the country is flying this flag kind of taints 
the meaning of it. When you have Nazis in Germany 
flying the Confederate flag for the simple reason that 
they can't sport a swastika, because it's illegal there, I 
think that tells you a lot about what meanings have 
been attached to that flag since then. Before they 
started flying the swastika, it meant something differ- 
ent. It was a peace symbol. But because of who it was 
associated with, the meaning changed. I think it's the 
same thing with the Confederate flag, because of me 
people who have flown the flag, it has taken on an 
entirely new meaning. And because of that, the whole 
heritage argument is really nullified. It the samethihg 
as if a German were to argue that a swastika should be 
flown because it's part of his heritage. It's bullshit. 
MRR: Right. If they were to think about me reason 
that meflag was drawnup in thefirstplace, they would 
•> ■ <. • <-«- ' know that it's 
.••. •£• »«A_ total racist 
bullshit. 
P: Then you're 
asking people 
to think. 
C: The funny 
thing about the 
flag that flies 
on top of me 
South Carolina 
state house, 
that flag repre- 
sents direct op- 
position to the 
union of Unit- 
ed States of 
America. 
Which to me 
would seem a 



treasonous act. 
MRR: Inhu- 
manity has 
toured all over 
the country. 
You've toured 
how many 
times? 

C: I'd say two 
tours and tons 
of little excur- 
sions. Two le- 
gitimate tours. 
MRR: So, 
you've been 
around the U.S 
and Canada. 
li *'* i '"*, ^J Do you see dif- 
ferencesin peo- 
ple's general attitudes in different parts of the coun- 
try? 

C: There's bullshit everywhere you go and it's very 
obvious. People come up and say, "You think me 



a life and death situation, if 
you were to walk into me wrong area, no matter what 
race you are. 

MRR: So, have you been me victim of reverse racism? 
C: I wouldn't say in a bad way. There's little things. 
P: I wouldn't say reverse. I would say victims of the 
tension caused by the bullshit surrounding it. Because 
people don't seem to want to budge. I think there's 
been a lot of tension with situations such as the state 
house that we were talking about. That has made 
people pretty antsy. 

MRR: What are you touring in now? Last time 1 saw 
you, you were touring in a car with a trailer. 
P: A mini-van. We've upgraded, thanks to Chris' 
grandma. No trailer. 

MRR: Where's the best place to eat on tour? 
C: New York. 

P: I ate at a great falafel place in Canada. 
MRR: Not Waffle House? 

C: I love Waffle House, just because of their juke box. 
We've tried to make a large attempt to eat at mom and 
pop type places. We've tried to avoid fast food as much 
as possible. Sometimes it's inevitable. I'd say New 
York has the best food, just because of the cultural 
integration. You can stop at one corner and get a 
burrito that's really amazing and if it's not amazing, 
you can walk down to the next corner and get some 
Chinese food or Vietnamese food. It's all right there 
and most of me food is really delicious because there's 
so much completion. 

MRR: I think San Francisco has the best food scene. 
P: Yeah, San Francisco has some really good food. 
MRR- You've spoken a little about some of your poli- 
tics. What are some of your songs about? I know most 
of your songs are really political in nature. You have a 
song called, "Southern Swastika." 
C: Yeah, mars also about the Confederate flag and 
Sylvester Adams, who we talked about, and how crazy 
it is to juxtapose the 50 people who came out to the 
protest to save his life with the 500 people who came 
out to save the Confederate flag on the state house. 
And there's some silly songs... 
MRR: You two guys are pretty vocal against the death 
penalty. 

C: I think that it's wrong for a government to make 
arbitrary decisions like that, concerning someone's 
life, especially considering thatsome innocent people 
have been put to death. That should never happen 
again. 

P: Yeah, I'm totally against it. But, I admit, that if we 
are going to have it, we have to be 100 percent sure. 
Andyoujust can't be 100 percentsure with something 
like that. There 'sjust no way. Plus it's saying that their 
killing wasn't rational, but our killing is rational And 
to me there is no such form as rational killing. 
MRR: I probably see eye-to-eye with you on almost 
everything you guys believe in. I probably, in nine out 
of ten cases, take the liberal viewpoint, but on the 
death penalty, 1 have to dissent. As an anarchist, I'm 
officially opposed to any fucking law. But, while there 
is law, it seems like the death penalty, to me, would be 
fair punishment for a vile murderer. Could you 



counter that? 

P: I'll go ahead and say, while we're in to it - and this is 
something that I've never talked about. But this is 
something that maybe a lot of people will read. I'm 
still not at the point where I feel comfortable talking 
about this, but Iguess this is as gooda time asany right 
now. My father was put in jail 
for life. And he didn't get the 
death penalty, but I got to 



sick serial killer. Do you think there is any chance to 
rehabilitate someone like that, even if you had a thou- 
sand years? 

C: Probably not. I'll use Ted Bundy, for instance. So 
intelligent, he could probably trick anyone into think- 
ing he was rehabilitated. 



they're trying to pin the good guy badge on and get a 
big pat on the back and say, "Hey, everybody! Look at 
me! I'm thegood guy. Lookwhat I'm doing." Butthat's 
the wrong reason to get into it. You should do it 
because you actually give a fuck and not to impress 
your friends. And with the things that we're talking 
about, there's nobody 



watch him suffer throughout 
my whole life. Because of his actions, he was also 
found mentally ill. He's a very bad sociopath and very 
abusive. And I got to watch him suffer repercussions 
in prison. And I realized what a horrible, yucky place 
prison is and I really have a distaste for it. And I have 
a very bad distaste for insensitivity , especially towards 
mental illness and I just don't think that there is such 
a thing as rational killing and rational crime. It's all 
just a crazy mess. Weshould try to deal with it with the 
best of our ability and I just don't think that the best 
answer for it is killing people. 
C: I might have a slightly different take on it than Paul. 
But, where I'm coming from on the death penalty is 
that I don't believe that my government should be 
able to make that decision. 
P: I'm with him on that. 

C: The argument that pro-death penalty people al- 
ways use is like, "What if somebody killed and raped 
your mother and like hacked up your family?" And 
what I say to that is, yes, I would like to kill them. I 
would personally like to beat theshit out of that fucker 
and leave him in a ditch. 
P: Of course. 

C: Ofcourse, anybody would feel that way, but, I don't 
want some agent of my government to be able to make 
that decision. 

P: And if somebody murdered your family, obviously 
they are so crazy that they did that, that it would make 
you crazy. And that 's when somebody who is not crazy 
needs to step in and make rational decisions, not to 
further revenge or further the craziness. Does any of 
that sound like it's rational? 
C: And as far as the death penalty being a deterrent, it's 
not. Number one, nobody ever thinks that they are 
going to get caught when they commit a crime. And 
number two, it can't be a deterrent when it's done so 
hush-hush behind closed doors. If they really wanted 
to make it a deterrent, they would do it publicly and as 
brutally and as bloody as possible. Luckily they don 't. 
Luckily these days are passed and we're somewhat, 
supposedly, more civilized now. I just don't think it 
works on thelevel that they want it to work orthat they 
say that it works. So, I think thesolution is just do away 
with it. Definitely keep streets safe. Don't give these 
fucking maniacs parole. Keep them locked up. 
P: I think there has to be a better way of rehabilitating 
them. To me, the war on drugs is the most idiotic thing 
in the world. Maybe if that money was re-routed, so it 
could go towards counseling and reeducating people 
and rehabilitation. I believe in rehabilitation, even if it 
takes someone's whole life. 
MRR: Do you think that a Charles Manson or a Ted 
Bundy could be rehabilitated? Even if they had a thou- 
sand years? 
P: I would hope so. 

C: Honestly, I would doubt it, but as far as Charles 
Manson goes, ifyou watch any interview with him , the 
guy is obviously insane and should be in a hospital. 
And the guy never killed anybody. 
MRR: You're right They never proved that he killed 
anybody, but he probably did. I'm just saying, a real 



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P: It's not all black and white. Whatever the solution 
is, as far as life in jail or whatever. I still, no matter 
what, do not agree with the death penalty. 
MRR: Ok, let'smoveon. Let'sjusttalkaboutpoliticsin 
generaL There seems to be a tendency in punk rock to 
vote the party line, to take the liberal side, no matter 



with what we have to say. There's nobody giving us a 
pat on me back. I guess if we came out and went on 
tour and instead of talking about the stuff that we 
know about, if we came out and sang every song 
about, "Free Mumia" or "Free Peltier," which I am 
definitely in favor of, but I'm not singing about that 



whatitis,withoutthinkingitout.Doyouseethatvery because it's not what I know and ifl were to sing about 

that, it would more or less 
be to get a big pat on the 
back from everybody. And 
to me, that's not activism. 
That's just belonging to a 
club. 

MRR: It's almost as if when 
you get into punk rock, 
there's the little rule book. 
Gotta be anti-racist, gotta 
be anti-religion, gotta be 
this, gotta be that. 
P: You're referring to 
what's called the punk rock 
handbook. 

MRR: I think a lot of people 
just buy the whole party 
line and don't think out the 
issues for themselves. It's 
like, "Oh, I'm punk rock 
now. Guess I gotta give up 
meat..." 

C: I've got an example of 
that. Paul's vegan, I'm not. 
I'm not a vegetarian. And 
some kid in Florida found 
out I'm not a vegetarian 
and goes, "In/Humanity's 
not vegetarian? But they're 
so political" And it's so fun- 
ny. You can't be political 
and interested in human 
rights if you're not a vegetarian? And I'm sure there 
will be people reading that I'm not a vegetarian and 
they'll say, "Oh, well. 1 guess I can't like In/Humanity 
anymore." Because my diet is different? Because I have 
a different set of beliefs than they do? Does that com- 
pletely nullify how I feel on other issues? It's what 
you're saying. Like you have to fit in or you're out. 
MRR: I think it's great to be an activist and it's great to 
have opinions about important stuff. But I see so 
many people who are following me rule book, just to 
follow me fucking rule book. 
C: It's self-righteous, too. They grow up being a Chris- 
tian all their lives and they can be self-righteous be- 
cause of that. And then they find punk rock and go, 
"I'm not supposed to be a Christian anymore." Then 
they have this void in their lives and they say, 'Wow, I 
can't be self-righteous anymore. I can't feel like I'm 
better man everyone else." Unfortunately, that's the 
reason a lot of people become activists and that's the 
wrong reason. 

P: I want to communicate with everybody, no matter 
who they are. Especially not the converted. I just hope 



often? 

C: 1 see that 100 per- 
cent. I see very few 
people who actually 
think for themselves 
because they are ex- 
tremely afraid to say 
anything that doesn't 
go exactly along with 
the party line because 
they'll be ousted. 
Which is true. You 
will be kicked out of 
the club ifyou say any- 
thing that's opposing. 
And I think that I've 
said a lot of things that 
people disagree with 
and maybe that's why 
I have no friends. 
P: I think a lot of peo- 
ple have come to know 
activism the wrong 
way. I see a lot of peo- 
ple saying, "Free 
Mumia," and Mumia 
has a lot of representa- 
tion, but they don't 
even know who's be- 
ing executed in their 
own state. The small 
guy has no representa- 
tion and the court-appointed attorney can't help him 
out at all. That guy is totally getting the shaft But it is 
kind of a step to abolish me death penalty and they're 
using him (Mumia) as a symbol. I just think that a lot 
of people, who... Well, I'm not down on straightedge 
at all, but I know a lot of straightedge kids who have 
been in circles where, if they've went through depres- 
sion or something and they might have had a drink or 
a cigarette or something. And instead of people say- 
ing, "Hey, you don't want to do that," or giving him 
some good advice, they just banish him. The thing is, 
1 don't think activism is hard to know on your own 
terms ifyou really look at your life. There's so much in 
my life, that I have no choice but to be pissed off at. 
Like the flag that we were talking about, me death 
penalty, the racism that goes on, I see it every day. I 
say, "This is bullshit," and 1 hate it, and I have no 
choice but to speak out about it. I think that a lot of 
people come into activism because their friends are 
into it. And they just g»t into it because it's the thing of 
the month and it's what ultimately destroys activism. 
C: A lot of people seem to become activists because 




that small deals, like our diets, don't come into play in 
the big scheme of things. As far as the death penalty 
goes, I really want to talk to people about that. That is 
my personal agenda and that is what I want to talk 
about. I just don't want to get sidetracked. 
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lot of bands and a lot of peop 1 ' 
have any agenda. But they 
like to shout catchy slogans 
and they like to wear t-shirts 



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who shops at my store. One customer. 

C: Now, had you said, "Get two dollars off admission 
at this cool punk rock show with a canned food item," 
then you would havehadtonsofpeoplecomingdown. 
Not because they wanted to help out, but because they 
would have saved some money on admission. 
MRR: Here's another example. Last Saturday, there 



that look 

cool and they like to buy records by political bands 
because they're cool. But in the end, if they don't really 
believe it and if they haven't come to those conclu- 
sions on their own, it's just another kind of conformi- 
ty. It's as much conformity as the asshole who works in 
the fucking bank and the dickheads who go to church 
every Sunday. 

P: Right, and that's what will kill their activism. 
C: It's just another ego trip for them. So they can get on 
a stage and shout the same things that they read off the 
lyric sheets from bands that came ten years before 
them. And everyone will cheer and clap and say, 
"You're a great guy. You're really down with it." And 
they're not really accomplishing anything except feed- 
ing their ego and preaching to the converted. That's 
very easy to do. It's a lot harder to get involved with 
issues that are overlooked, things that are important 
to your community. 
The whole cliche of, 
"Think globally, act 
locally," it means a lot. 
P:Idon'tthinkyou re- 
ally have any choice 
but to start at home 
base and fix what's 
around you. 
C: Unfortunately, it's 
not going to get you 
the big slap on the 
back with yourfriends 
out in California, but, 
if that's what you're 
looking for... 
MRR: Maybel've been 
foolish, but it wasn't 
until pretty recently 
that I've come to real- 
ize that maybe 90 per- 
cent of the punks out 
there are blowing hot 
air. 

C: Probably more like 
98 percent. 
MRR: They are not 
puffing their money 
where their mouth is. 
They're buying Aus 
Rotten records and 
they're buying Drop- 
dead T-shirts but 
they're not putting 
their beliefs where they say they are. Chris, when I 
talked to you on me phone two months ago, I told you 
about the canned food drive that I put on. I ran a 
canned food drive at my record store. And I promoted 
it welL I made probably 400 flyers for it, took them to 
all the shows for nearly two months. I alerted all of the 
local news media. I made press releases and sent them 
to all of the local publications. The only people who 
contributed to my canned food drive were me, the guy 
who works at my store, my girlfriend, and one person 



In/Humanity 



has to exist so the younger people coming up don't fall 
prey to racism, violence and don't believe in this shit 
that some people are trying to hand down. And it's 
good. It's almost like a community center where peo- 
ple can come and hear those words. But as far as 
preaching to the converted, a lot of us do things out- 
side of punk rock, like Food Not Bombs, rallies, pro- 
tests. Maybe zines 
that reach outside of 
the punk crowd. 



was a show at another club, a benefit for Food Not 
Bombs. And it said on all of the flyers, "Three dollars 
plus something vegan." And I was passing out the 
flyers to people and somebody said, "What do they 
mean something vegan?" And I said, "A can of beans, 
a can of corn, some pasta." And the kid was like, "Shit, 
where am I gonna get that?" And I said, "How about 
me supermarket or how about your mom's cup- 
board?" And the kid was like, "Shit. How about if you 
don't have it." And I said, 'Well, maybe they won't let 
you in if you don't have it. Maybe you'll have to make 
a little effort and go to the supermarket or maybe 
you'll just have to bend down and sneak it out of your 
mom's cupboard." And then the kid said, "Fuck. I 
really wanted to go." 

P: I know from doing things like that in the past on my 
own how discouraging and aggravating it can be, 

especially when 
you put a lot of 
hard work into it. 
[ But I just keep do- 
ing it, because I 
know in my heart 
that is what I 
want to do and 
it's what I should 
do and I'll never 
stop. However, it 
really does make 
you feel like shit 
when there's no 
support. You feel 
like you'll never 
make any differ- 
ence. But you just 
can't stop. 
MRR: You know 
what? This is go- 
ing to be a good 
show tonight. 
There are five 
good bands, I'm 
sure me music is 
going to be great, 
the crowd seems 
like it's in a good 
mood. But you 
know what would 
make this a great 
show? If two peo- 
ple showed up 
who never heard of In/Humanity, never heard of any 
of the bands playing, didn't know anything about 
punk rock and they walked in there and they were 
blown away. And it opens their doors to something 
new and gets them thinking about new ideas and 
maybe changes their lives. But, it's probably not going 
to happen because punk rock is so insular. It's a social 
club. It makes me wonder sometimes, what the fack? 
Is it all in vain? Are we just jerking ourselves off? 
P: I think it's a network of people. It's a network that 




C: Punk rock probably won't change much in the 
world, but it will change people. I know that I am a 
different kind of person because of punk rock. Be- 
cause when I was listening to Ratt in 1984, 1 was just as 
much of a redneck as everyone else. But then when 
someone turned me on to the Dead Kennedys, I got 
into it for the music at first, but then the ideas started 
to sink in. And I 'm a totally different person for it. And 
I think that anybody who gets into punk rock is at least 
going to be exposed to that and whether or not they 
take from it, that is up to them. And I think a lot of 
people do. And I think that overall, punk rock makes 
a lot of people honest and caring individuals. And 
that's the most important thing that anyone can get 
out of it. It's not going to tear down me system or 
anything like that. To think that it is, to think that a 
Discharge patch on your pants is going to overthrow 
me system is ridiculous. But at least you can get some- 
thing out of it; it can make you a better person. 
MRR: What's me future of In/Humanity? What do 
you hope to achieve? 

P: I want to keep playing, because I feel we've built up 
a pretty good network of punks. Some of me best 
bands in the world are End Of The Century Party, 
Palatka, Asshole Parade, Assuck. We love Failure 
Face, too. Just to keep doing things with our friends. 
Just keep trying to press records and stay alive. 
C: I'd like to see this region, me southeast, be exposed 
world wide for being one of the best music scenes in 
the world. It's been overlooked. It's always been over- 
looked and I think just now people are starting to 
realize that there is some real good music coming out 
of this part of the country. And maybe one day we'll be 
as good as those other bands we mentioned and may- 
be people will like us, too. 

MRR: What do you think the future of hardcore is 
going to be? 

C: Probably digital emo-violence. 
P: Ska-mic. A blend of ska and gothic music. 
C: With rap-a-billy breakdowns. 
MRR: Do you think it's always going to be under- 
ground and DIY? Do you think there's always going to 
be kids making records and selling them out of their 
bedroom and out of cardboard boxes at shows? 
C: Yeah. That's been going on since rocknroll. That's 
been going on since the sixties. Garage bands putting 
out records on their own labels. A lot of people don't 
even realize that DIY records have been going on 
forever and will continue to go on. Even before that, 
blues records in the thirties. People have always put 
out their own records. As long as they want to make 
some music that isn't going to be embraced by the 
mainstream.' Even if the sound is embraced by the 
mainstream , then the sound will mutate to something 
the mainstream won't give a fuck about. 
MRR: Closing comments? 
P: On tour, everyone has just been wonderful to us and 
I just can't thank you enough. 
C: Thanks for doing me interview. Emo-violence '97. 
In/Humanity c/o Chris, NewOearDays, 919Sumter 
St, Columbia, SC29201 



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MRR: So hnw did al l this start, then? 
Start from the end, of 
Schwartze neggar T g ness,,, 
Steve Ignorant: Well, you know I do a 
puppet show in England, well I was 
doing a bit of that, and I was thinking 
I still wanted to perform and play 
music. So the guy who used to play 
keyboards in Schwartzeneggar has a 
four track in his garage, and all this 
amazing computer equipment, and I 
was thinking, what sort of music 
would I really like to do, and I've 
always liked soul music, like Aretha 
Franklin and Dionne Warwick, and I 
thought well, let's just go and do a 
demo tape on this four track. The 
thing is that he's got this amazing 
equipment where you can pre-mix 
anyway, so you can end up with 64 
tracks. So we did a few tracks which 
have got brass on them, and it went 
really well. In the meantime, two 
people that I met in Slovenia came to 
stay with me, and they also knew 
Gary from Dirt, and they said Gary- 
was looking for a vocalist, so I gave 
him a call and asked if I could 
I audition and he said no, just come 
down the pub. So I asked him what he 
was doing and he said he was trying 
to do something different from Dirt, 
and he said why not come to re- 
hearsal and see what you think, so I 
went, and Jesus Christ it was awful. 
But I went back again next week, 
because I like Gary and I wanted to 
work with him, and we had a girl 
drummer which I thought was good, 
to break up the male thing, and the 
bassist seemed to know what he was 
doing. But I said to 'em one day that I 
was only prepared to do it if they 
were into doing something bigger, and 
I said, "let's just go to America." And 
they said "what, without playing 
England?" and I said "Yeah, let's just 
fuckin' do 111." So Gary came to 
America and set up a tour, and so the 
Mercenaries have really only been 
together as a working band since 
February. So it's taken us two months 
to get it together. In the meantime, 
the girl who was actually going to be 
the drummer dropped out because of 
her college work, so I had to ring 
round to Phil, who said he'd love to 
work with us, so we just did it. Here 
we are. 

MRR: And that was w hat, three 
months ago? So vnii came up with the 



songs, learned them and everyth ing in 
two monthsl Is th at why vnn're doing 
a bunch of Grass and 
Schwartzenneggar c overs, to na.d nut , 
the set? 

S: Partly... well, the 
Schwartzenneggar ones I wanted to do 
because they're ones that I wrote and 
I really like them, and we do do 'This 






is the Way Things Are' as a com- 
pletely different version, and the 
Crass ones, I just wanted to do them. 
Partly because it would have been 
really fucking rude if I'd come here 
and not done it. I don't see why I 
should deny that I'm Steve Ignorant, I 
used to be in a band called Crass, and 
people want to talk to me because I 
was in Crass. The songs we do are 
still relevant, why shouldn't we 
celebrate what we've been through? 
It's a nice thing to do. 
MRR (Tim-): And von al so said it's 
because v ou didn't have that ma.nv 
other tu nes written 
S: Oh yeah, we had to fill it up. I 
mean when we did just our own stuff 
the set was twenty-five minutes 
long... 



MRR: Sounds good , 
S: Yeah, well, but once you get on 
stage you can cut that down to 1 5 
minutes when you speed it up with 
the adrenalin and stuff... so we just 
filled it out. And the other members 
of the band all wanted to play 'Big A 
Little A'... 

MRR: It seems like the reactions ha , ,y e 
varied between, pome neonle ha , y e, 
I said it was a. dr eam come true, other 
people have thoug ht it was a. hit 
embarrassing. . 

S: Who said it was embarrassing? 
MRR: No names, no names ... mm i s 
starting to nrar.k up at this noiny) 
S: Fucking Ramsey I 
("Now Tim is rea.ll y cracking npl) 
MRR: As I said. I'm not naming any 
I names... 

IS: I'll smear his fucking face up the 
I walll Little bastard. 
I MRR (Tim"): Yeah, i t was Ra.msey , 

MRR (Allan - ): It wa sn't only Ram se y , , 
IS: Yeah, I know... 

I MRR: What about, the other members 
of Crass, what do th ev think-? 
IS: Well, as I said to Tim, I still live 
I with Penny and G. and Eve Libertine 
I comes over. I don't have anything to 
I do with the other members of Crass 
I but they were all like, "Go for itl" The 
I nice thing is that even though we've 
I been doing those Crass songs, people 
I have been coming up to us and saying 
I that it was nice we did the Crass 
I stuff, but that the new stuff is better, 
I it's as good as... so we've learned 
I something from that. 
| MRR: We ll that's what I thought , t 
thought that the new stuff was good 
enough to sta.nd o n its own I think a. 
lot of the kids th at showed un were 
there because it wa.s "Steve Ignora n t 
from Crass", and t hev got what t hey 
wanted, thev got a. h unch of Crass 
songs. 

S: Well the next time we come here 
we won't do it apart from in the 
encore, or for a laugh or whatever. I 
dunno. 

MRR: What about when vou plav ha.ck 
home? 

S: We're not gonna play England. 
MRR: You're not goi ng to nlav there 
at all? Not even on e gig? Why not? 
S: No point. In England, every band is 
having a real problem. If you play 
there, first of all you turn up at the 
venue and you feel like you're 
imposing on someone, you're made to 



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feel like shit basically, and at the end 
of the evening you don't even get 
your petrol money. You'll maybe get 
20-25 people at the show. There 
doesn't seem much point in doing it. 
I've been in Crass, Conflict, 
Schwartzenneggar, Current 93 and 
now Stratford Mercenaries, and how 
much longer am I going to play in 
England, where it's ex-Crass, ex blah 
blah, Steve Ignorant, I just think it's 
time to go and meet the people I 
should've met years and years ago. 
I Whether it's in Europe or America or 
Japan, or whatever, you know, 
I there's a world out there, Israel, 
there's a lot of people in Israel I'd like 
to meet. Ireland, Scotlandl I mean 
Schwartzenneggar only played 
Scotland once I Wales a couple of 
times. Sod London. 
MRR: There's more to England than 
London... 

S: England's got Supergrass and Oasis 
and Suede and Pulp, let 'em 
'ave itl 

MRR: What about people who 
don't want that? What about 
people who want the 
Stratford Mercenaries? 
S: Well we'll put a record 
out... I mean we'll play 
eventually but not at the 
moment. 

MRR: I must admit it was 
kind of weird to hear that 
vou were coming out here to 
plav before vou'd even plaved 
Britain... that kind of thing 
happens quite often in the 
reverse, bands form here and 
don't even tour America, but 
are going to Europe and 
making pots of money. It's 
kind of nice to have it going 
the other way for a change. 
S: Well it's nice for us too, it's nice to 
be playing to large crowds so you get 
that feedback, which makes me 
perform... like I want to perform, 
whereas if I'm playing in London and 
it's a shitty venue and the people are 
being bastards about it and there's 25 
people there, then it's going to be a bit 
more aggressive and more of a 
separate thing. Whereas over here it 
was more like just meeting friends 
and stuff... England can wait. 
MRR: What about the other members 
of Crass, what are thev doing now? 
You seem to be the only person who's 
still doing punk rock stuff. . . You 
never grew up. . . 

S: Yeah, I don't think I ever willl 
Penny has been writing a lot of books 
for the last 5 or 6 years, and he's 
about to get one published by AK 
Press, and he's just put out a CD, a 
drama for voices, with Eve Libertine 
and himself on it... plus he's getting 
heavily into his jazz roots, he's 
learning to play trumpet cos he wants 
to get into playing jazz. Eve is still 
doing therapeutic massage, and she 
wants to perform with her son, who's 
now 2 1 years old, and is a demon of a 
guitar player, 

MRR: Yeah, thev came and toured 
here, but it was before I lived here. 
S: Yeah they toured with each other a 
while ago. Well Nemo, that's her son, 



is actually playing with Galliano 
(British Acid-Jazz group) so with the 
money they've got from that they're 
going to form a band and put out 
stuff. And she's taking jazz singing 
lessons to control her voice, like I 
should have done years ago. G. Is 
over here at the moment dealing with 
AK Press and John Yates on this book 
of her artwork which is going to 
range from when she was at art 
school right through to what she's 
doing now, including all the Crass 
artwork. So everybody's doing things. 
And the others from Crass I don't 
have anything to do with... we have 
nothing in common anymore. 
MRR: fTim -) To the point of antago- 
nism, or.. 



S: Not antagonism, there's some 
bitterness there, I ain't gonna be too 
indiscreet but when Crass finished we 
were all still living together, and you 
looked at each other and thought, 




checks... So we actually approached 
him and said look, if you don't agree 
with it, if you don't like what we were 
doing, why don't you sell up your 
shares in Crass, so that we can get on 
with it and do something with It, 
"Naah, I wanna screw you lot for as 
much as I can get out of you." The 
shit hits the fan! 
MRR: Well, vou ma y not have 
mentioned names b ut we know who it. 
is. we'll put the names in... 
S: Yeah, right... it was Ramsey I 
Tim: From now on i ust put Ramsey inl 
MRR: Well, the royalty checks from 
Crass records can't b e that huge... 
S: Well, you'd be surprised... my last 
royalty check was I think £2,500 for 
three months (about $5,000)... 
multiply that by eight people, there's 
a lot of money going through there. 
But next time it's only going to be 
£800, so it's up and down. But yeah, 
it's pretty healthy. Which surprised 
us as well, because when we 
finished Crass we thought, 
we're going to have to go and 
get jobs... and then it goes on 
like the Rolling Stones or 
something! A new generation 
of kids grow up and like... 
fuck... 

MRR: It's crazv how many.. I 
mean vou saw it for yourself 
at those gigs. AU those voung 
kids that know all the words- 
wear all the patches and t- 



'would I have chosen to live with this 
person if it wasn't for the band...' no I 
wouldn't, so all the stuff that you 
were able to ignore because in Crass 
you were working towards this 
general agreement, when that general 
agreement isn't there suddenly you're 
faced with each other as people. And 
it's things like hairs in the soap or I 
don't like the way he picks up his cup 
of tea, that sort of niggly... and then 
the differences come in. So some 
weird shit went on and there's some 
things that were said and done that I 
find it very hard to forgive people for. 
MRR: It seems weir d to me that 
people who work together in the same 
band can also live together in the 
same house... they're together 24 
hours a day, that's never going to 
work, th at can't work... 
S: Well that's what surprised me too, 
but there's one ex-member of Crass 
who claims that Crass became like the 
Conservative Party, Yeah, right..., so 
for that reason he doesn't agree with 
or believe in anything that we've done 
or are doing. Now that particular 
person, I'm not going to name names, 
but if cos I've been here Crass record 
sales go up for whatever reason, then 
that fucking arsehole sitting back 
there in England not believing in or 
agreeing with what I'm doing is sitting 
back and taking those royalty 



shirts.. 

S: Well some kid came up to 
me at a gig and said, "I really 
enjoyed what you were doing 
and I've only Just got into 
Crass, my dad really wanted 
to come and see youl" 
MRR: Well, what do vou 
think about that kind of 
thing? There seems to be a whole 
legion of kids who idolize Crass... and 
it seems to me that thev mavbe didn't 
quite get the message... 
S: Oh, I don't know about that... all 
the people that I spoke to... I mean 
one thing I was really worried about, 
coming to America, would be the 
rocknroll adulation/ hero worship sort 
of thing, but it's been really beautiful 
that that hasn't happened. And all of 
the people who have come up to me 
have said "I know that you must be 
tired of hearing about it, but I just 
want to say that Crass really inspired 
me to do something and I Just want to 
say thank you for that. " And that's 
the level it's been. That's from young 
kids as well. So that's been really 
nice, and I don't think It's true what 
you were saying, I don't think it's just 
blind adulation, it really is that people 
have been inspired in the same way 
that I was by Allen Ginsberg or Jack 
Kerouac, and it's just they wanna give 
something back, and I think that's 
really lovely. 

MRR: I think it's not going to be like a 
rock star thing, because in our scene 
it's not usually like that, people know 
they're talking to a normal person. 
When I sav that they haven't really 
got the message, there's, for example, 
that place vou played the other night 
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drummer heroin... 
Tim: Ramsey offered vour drummer 
heroin... 

MRR: Yeah, vou went to AK Press 
and they were trying to sell vou 
heroin... no... ("can't continue with the 
question because Tim is laughing so 
hard...1 this goes ba ck a bit, but I 
used to have this jo b working in a 
nizza place, and people would come in 
periodically and go through the 
rubbish bins looking for leftover 
food... I mean if the y'd came and 
asked me I gave them it at the end of 
the shift, but they didn't all know 
that... so anvwav th ere was this one 
girl and h er friends, and t.hev had 
Crass t-shirts and p atches or what- 
ever, and thev would be in raking in 
the garbage for cold nizza. And then 
one night we had to c all an ambulance 
because one of them was OD-ing 
outside my house. N ow mv point is 
no-one from Crass is raking through 
garba ge for cold piz za, or od-ing 
or whatever... I thin k if there's a I 
messa ge from Crass or from that | 
sort of positive punk rock, it's to 
do something with vour life. 
S: Well, yeah. But you're always 
gonna get a minority of idiots in 
whatever walk of life you do. 
And there's no way you can 
control that. It's like the t-shirt 
thing. I came here and I thought, 
there seem to be a lot of Crass t 
shirts. And we've never... I mean) 
I don't mind but I Just wish 
whoever' s making these fucking 
things would at least have the 
decency to send us a sample. 
Because some of them are pretty 
shitty, they've got the symbol 
round the wrong way, well turn 
it round a bitl I was thinking I 
should go and find out who they 
are, cos after 20 years that must be 
quite a lot of money that we haven't 
got. 

Tim: It's Ramsey. 
S: Well then I thought what am I 
meant to do, if people want to go and 
buy these things? If they haven't got 
the message by now, DO IT YOUR- 
SELPI... "But I don't know how to do 
it" well find out how to do it. . . you 

| just cut these things out the cardboard 
and spraypaint through itl It's the 
same thing with all the anarchy bit. I 
mean when I was in France, I was 
standing at the door, we were doing a 
show with Schwartzeneggar, and this 
typical drunk mohican comes up, 
Exploited on one shoulder and Crass 
on the other, Sham 69 and Oil Skins 
on the back, comes in and says "I 
wanna come in for nothing." And the 
guy says "you can't, this is a benefit 
for Anarchist Black Cross." - "Yeah 
but I'm an anarchist and you're an 
anarchist and we're all anarchists so 
you should let me in for nothing." Are 
you going to hit 'im or am I?ll? You're 

I always looking at stupidity. 
MRR: (Tim-) What do vou think about 
the band the Business doing a Crass 
cover? 

S: I don't mind... I think it's better for 
a band like the Business to be doing 
Do They Owe Us A Living than for 
them to do a Skrewdriver song. 



They're alright, I don't mind them. 
I've been hearing about them, I find 
some of what they do a bit dubious, I 
just think they've been sitting on the 
fence for too long. They should 
actually come out and say one thing 
or another. 

MRR: Well the singer's a total torv. 
isn't he? 

S: Well, I dunno, it could be one of 
those rumors floating about, like I 
own a hamburger joint... 
laughter... veah. you've been seen 
going in and out of McDonalds, vou 
and Colin Conflict... 
S: Some guy in England actually came 
up to me, this was when I was in 
Conflict, and said Steve, is it true that 
you and Colin were seen eating 
hamburgers in McDonald's, and I said 
yeah, and Colin looked at me and I 
just said, "leave it to mel" and I 
turned to the guy and I said, "didn't 
you know? We've bought itl" He went, 



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"you've bought what?" and I said, 
"we've actually bought that 
McDonald's... we made so much 
money from you people, we're Just 
rolling in money, so we just bought 
that hamburger joint. We're going to 
call it McMortarhate. " He said 
"Really?" and I said "Yeah. Don't 
worry though, we're going to sell 
vegetarian burgers as well..." and he 
was like "oh that's really good...". The 
next minute he was over going to his 
mate, "you'll never guess..." 
If you want to start a rumor, come to 
me... 

MRR: So talking about anarchy, are 
vou still an anarchist? 
S: (Sighs) I think it's what most 
parallels what I believe, but I don't 
think I'm an anarchist, no. I really 
don't know what I am. I feel so 
separate from all of that. I really 
don't know, I Just feel so passionate. 
There's a line in one of our songs, "In 
these times of desperation it's easy to 
be negative, take comfort in our 
sorrow like it's some kind of sedative, 
don't listen to the fools who say 
there's no chance, I'll say this - just 
listen to your heart." That's where I 
am at the moment. 
MRR: (weeping) That's beautiful... 
S: Cue hundreds of letters to 
Maximumrocknroll, "Puck Steve 
Ignorant, he said this about anar- 



chism..." 

MRR: There's another rumor, "he's 

not an ana rchist anymore, he's 

turned his back on th e movement." 

S: No, I haven't turned my back on it, 

I wouldn't choose to call myself an 

anarchist, but that's where my 

sympathies lie... 

MRR: Unlike those junkies over at AK 

Press... all those prof its from Epitaph 

going straight into t heir veins... it's 

disgusting, 

Tim: Do vou think th at you're 
cvnical? As vou get older, how do vou 
deal with the inevitability of dreams 
disappearing... how do vou continue to 
offer hope, what do vou have to go to 
internally to get to the point where 
you can project hope to other people? 
S: I think it's having seen, going back 
to 1980, we made a record that all 
the proceeds from went towards 
starting an anarchist center in 
London, and there was a hard core of 
iwinia one of whom was Andy 
Martin who was in the Apostles, 
and we said to them "look, we're 
just giving you the money, start 

foff this center and we don't want 
anything to do with it, we'll come 
. and play a gig there or what- 
I ever...", and they just spent two 
years trying to keep this fucking 
place going. Two years trying to 
stop it falling into the hands of 
the junkies and the gluesniffers 
who just wanted to use it as a 
drop out place and live in shit, 
and the old school anarchists who 
were complaining cos there 
weren't enough discussions or 
people hadn't read the right 
books, so you had this core of 
people, me included, saying "what 
we're trying to do is create 
something new, we acknowledge 
what's gone before but we want to 
create something new. We don't know 
what we're doing but we're trying to 
find out." So there was all this 
infighting and bickering and I think if 
I am cynical about the anarchist 
movement then that's where that 
cynicism is, although I recognize that 
a lot of people are doing some very 
wonderful things, or trying to. And I 
think it's once you realize that a lot of 
your hopes... you know it's like the 
pacifist thing... as an ideology it's 
fine, but when you're actually faced 
with what's going on in the street, 
then it's totally different. You have to 
fucking deal with it, you haven't got 
time to discuss with someone what's 
going on. So, it's just dealing with that 
basically, and I can't talk for anyone 
else any more. It comes down to what 
I believe in. I can't walk on the spot 
any more, I've got to move on. 
There's a life out there, I've gotta find 
it and I've got to find out what I can 
do. 

Tim: You don't feel trapped bv an 
image? 

S: No, not at all. 

Tim: Mv experience has been that as 
you get older. I think vou do get more 
conservative and cvnical in a lot of 
wavs. and vou have to fight harder 
not to fall into those... 
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Tim: ... and I'm wondering what some 
of those battles are that vou have to 
fight with yourself in order to keep 
fighting, so to speak. 
S: I don't know... I can't not do it.. I 

| just have to do it. For twenty years 
I've been performing, so for twenty 
years I've been having ten minutes of 
sheer terror, fuck stage fright, before 
I go on and it's got so bad that I've 
actually been at the point of saying to 
whatever band I'm in, I can't do it. I 
can't go on. And they all say that's 
crazy, after twenty years, but I know 
that the minute I get on stage I've got 
to give it, I've got to do it, and I can't 
do half measures, it's got to be full 
on, so I've just got to do it, no matter 
how nervous I am. So I don't have a 
battle in that sense. I can be cynical 
about other... I mean when you look 
at the punks in England, I wouldn't 
say the punk scene cos I don't believe 
there is one, but they're still into just 
getting drunk... and I get 
really cynical when, I'm not | 
mentioning any names, but 
we've been together for two I 
months and we've been 
able to get this really good 
band together, and I think 
it's really good, and yet 
we've been playing with 
bands that have been 
playing together for five 
years' and they still fuck up 
on their first song, they 
still can't play in time 
together. What the fuck is 
going on there? They still 
can't tune their guitars. 
Fucking hell I Come on I I 
mean, I know the punk 

. thing is do it yourself, but 
at the same time, do it with 
fucking dignity I Give people 
somethingl Do it the best 

I you canl That's where I can get 
really, not cynical by it, bemused by 
it. When you see bands, and their 
record cover, it looks like they just got 
a felt-tip pen and slapped it down. 
And you look at it and you think, I 
don't even want to play the bloody 
thing. It just looks awful. It doesn't 
matter if you've got twenty pence or 
twenty pounds, whatever you do, do it 
to the best you fucking can. There's 
no reason, if we really want to 
compete with the mainstream, you've 
got to do the best you can, so that 
that becomes null and void. Cos let's 
face it, we're never going to beat 
them, so what we have to do is create 
something that makes people come 
from that mainstream to see what 
we're doing, let's take their audience 
away, not the other way around, 
That's the way it's gotta be. And 
you're not going to do it by playing 
shit. 

MRR: Yeah. I have to . for the benefit 
of people back home . I have to take 
exception to what you said about 
there being no punk scene and people 
just want to get drunk... cos there's 
plenty of people in almost every citv... 
S: Well I wouldn't say that there's a 
punk scene in England, but there are 
punks who are involved in other 
political actions and doing things and 



that's the difference. Certainly in 
London, because Where's the punk 
scene? Going round to someone's 
house, listening to punk records and 
getting drunk? If that's the punk 
scene you can stick it, I'm not 
interested. A scene to me is where 
people get involved, like you've got 
over here, Food Not Bombs, people 
putting about information about the 
Zapatistas in Chiapas, people getting 
involved, Maximum RocknRoll, there's 
nothing in London. You've got Jon 
Active doing his distribution thing, but 
what is there in London? There are 
people involved in Critical Mass, but 
that's not just punks doing it, there's 
people from all walks of life doing 
that. 

MRR: But that's Lond on you're talking 
about, and London's hist one citv. all 
over the country there are people 
involved in doing stuff whether it's 
fanzines or nutting on gigs or 



whatever, and thev all know each 
other, they're connected, it's a 
scene... 

S: Yeah, but I wouldn't necessarily 
call it the punk scene. It's people who 
are involved in something and they're 
really trying do it. You know yourself 
what the punk scene is, you go down 
the George Robey and there's the 
fucking punk scene, and it's not. You 
know it's not, I know it's not. We've 
got to bring that dignity back into 
punk. Get rid of the fucking scum. Get 
movingl 

MRR: Well why don't vou do some- 
thing about it? 
S: Well we are I 

MRR: Exactly, but you're not going to 
do anything about it bv not playing 
London! You have to put gigs on with 
di gnity,.. 

S: Well we will eventually, and it's 
gonna be great, it would've been nice 
to come here and do benefits... it's 
always been my dream to come here 
and do a benefit or something with 
the Native Americans, but this time 
out we couldn't afford to do it. Next 
time maybe we will. We've only been 
together for two months. I mean 
course we'll play in bloody England 
but not yet. The way we saw this tour 
was let's go and do it, and when we 
get back to England, if anyone doesn't 



want to do it any more then we won't 
do it any more, or we'll get someone 
else who wants to do it. 
MRR (Tim): So how did everyone feel 
about it so far? 

S: Oh everyone wants to do something 
more, so... 

MRR (Tim-): Coming to the States, 
were there any preconceptions that 
vou had in terms of audience or 
whatever, that have not turned out? 
S: No, literally, we were sitting in 
England thinking we just don't know 
what we're walking into. There could 
be two people at a concert or it could 
be 200. We just had no idea whatso- 
ever, no idea how we would be 
received or anything. So we just came 
to do it. 

MRR (Timl: So is it culturally not that 
weird? 

S: No, it's not. It was very strange for 
me to see people wearing dog collars 
and studded leather jackets, cos you 
■ don't really see that in 
I England, but that seems to 
I be much more of a personal 
I statement that a fashion 
I statement over here. And 
[there's an optimism here, 
I for whatever reason, that 
I I've been picking up on. And 
I it does feel like there's 
I opportunities here, and 
I things are going to get done. 
I It's just so difficult to do 
I something in England. And 
I if it's just a little bit 
(different, or creative, in ' 
[whatever medium you're 
I working, whether it's the 
I arts, drama, theater, music, 
I you're treated like a fucking 
I disease. People just aren;t 
I interested. And it's such a 
I struggle to get through that. 
MRR: I thi nk that's true 
here as well. I mean there's really no 

MRR fTiml: Probably less desperate 

here though... 

MRR: Yeah , but if vou don't want to 

fit in to a certain preconceived genre 

or box or whatever, it's hard to break 

through... 

S: Well that's a side I don't know, 

because I've only been here as a 

tourist for three weeks, so... 

MRR: As far as culturally, coming 

here, it's surprising how much, when 

I first came here it didn't feel weird at 

all. We're brought up with American 

stuff everywhere. Everywhere vou go 

in Europe now there's a McDonalds. 

Burger King. Pizza Hut... 

Tim: You're a younger generation 

than him though... 

MRR: That's true. 

... talk about how Americanized 

British culture has become. Tim notes 

that he still can't un derstand mv 

Scottish accent, after I've been here 

for over 2 years... 

S: That's been a difficult thing in 

England too, fighting against the 

American influence. Because I can 

remember when you first started 

getting American bands coming over, 

not Dead Kennedys and MDC but after 

that, when the three-chord thrash, 

speedcore, skate punk bands came 



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over, that set punk back three years 
in England. It had been actually 
moving, people were getting into 
strange, obscure bands, suddenly 
everyone stopped doing that and just 
went for the American stuff. 

MKR (Tim-): Yeah, the sa.rme happened 
i In Europe. Germany and so on. local 
bands couldn't get sh ows because of 
all the American b ands going there! 
S: It's the same with the black youth 
in England with all this gangsta rap 
stuff. They've just picked up on that , 
and that's quite intimidating. The only 
difference is that we don't have a gun 
culture, yet. But it can be pretty tasty 
sometimes. 

But another thing that I've noticed 
over here is that there are far more 
women involved in the scene over 
here. I mean I know that there are 
women involved over there as well, 
but for a long time back in the 
seventies and early eighties, it was 
still such a male domain, a lot of 
women got disillusioned by it. 
MRR: (Tim) I think that- 
happened here ton, but I think 
within the last five years 
that's bee n changing a lot. 
S: That's why I think the rave 
scene took off so well in 
Britain. Of all the movements 
I've seen, that's the only one 
that I can think of that's 
brought black, white, red, 
yellow, every bloody race, 
I color or creed, women, men, 
all together in one place with 
no trouble. Not that I like the 
music myself. 
MRR: W ell that was always 
one of the problem s with nunk 
- desnita all the good inten- 
tions an d the anti-racism songs, it 
was almost alway s white neonle on 
the stage, putting, out the magazines, 
whatever... 

S: Yeah, well that's what always 
made me laugh when I went on a 
Rock Against Racism march, back in 
1980, and the march was through 
London and at the end of it the Clash 
and Sham 69 were playing, and there 
were about 5 black people on the 
whole march, and where were all the 
black kids? Breaking into all the white 
people's cars that were on the marchl 
Nice One I I liked thatl 
I mean that whole thing was so bloody 
patronizing anyway. 
MRR: Roc k Against, Racism? 
S: Yeah. 

MRR: Yo u don't think their hearts 
were in the right place? 
S: They were, they were, and of 
course they were trying to do 
something, and it's like when you 
first become aware of something, like 
feminism, for example, and you don't 
know what to do or say and you just 
sound patronizing or you try to 
overcompensate and you just look like 
a fucking idiot. 

MRR: Tha t overcompensating thing. I 
think that killed a lot of stuff for a 
while... it seemed that when feminism 
first bega n to emerge in the nunk 
scene as an issue th at people at, last- 
took seri ously, men were all of a. 
SUdden soared to talk to women, thev 



didn't know how., t he whole scene 
seemed to become so sexless... have 
vou notic ed that, or... 
S: Yeah, I did, but after a while I just 
got tired of all the finger pointing and 
blame laying... I just thought, well, 
isn't it about time we started working 
together? Really trying to do some- 
thing instead of "It's men's fault." 
Well, okay, we all know that now, and 
I'm sorry about it, but now maybe it's 
time to move on in whatever way. 
MRR: I was expose d to that at a. time 
when I was a teenag e bov with a.ll 
these ho rmones running around inside 
mv body and I'm reading fanzines 
telling me I can't vi ew someone in a 
sexual way, it's sexist, and I really 
didn't want to he se xist, so when T 
saw someone and mv hormones or 
whatever started pounding. I felt 
really ba d, like a failure to the cause. 
S: I think in England, so many people 
have got a real hang up about sex 
anyway, it's so sexually repressed 




over there it's unbelievable. People 
are still afraid to talk about masturba- 
tion... it's something we all dol What 
would you rather be doing, working in 
a bloody factory or off in the bath- 
room and... (gets embarrassed, and 
doesn't finish the s entence, causing a. 
lot of laughter) 

MRR: That reminds me of that line in 
a Schwa rtzenneggar song. "... won't 
admit to an Arthur J. Rank..." fl 
believe it's cockn ey rhyming slang). 
S: Oh yeah, well that was because of 
this one time I was on tour with 
Conflict... someone said to me, 
"where've you been?" and I said, "I 
Just went and had a wank." And he 
said "you didn'tl" and I said, "well, 
yeah, cos I was getting so tense and 
wound up..." and he said "Oh you 
dirty bastard!" and I asked "well don't 
you ever do it?" and he went "No!"... I 
said "don't tell me the only time you 
touch your dick is when you go for a 
piss." And he said yes, and I just said 
fuck it. 

MRR: I never believe anyone who 
savs that. What are thev trying to 
Prove? 

S: Yeah, so there was all that weird 
sexual repression thing, and I found 
myself getting tired with the imagery 
that we as men were being handed 
with. For example, the penis... it's 
The Cruise Penis, or it's a rifle, or a 
skyscraper's a phallic symbol, and 
suddenly I thought, no, it's about time 



we stopped that, cos that's not what it 
is. I was talking to a woman the other 
night, and she said to me, when you 
men get together all you ever want to 
talk about is your dicks. And I said 
well, where else have we got to go to 
talk about them? It's ok for you, 
you've got women's meetings or 
whatever you can go to, but men 
haven't got that, unless it's in the gay 
scene or something, but if you're a 
straight man, where do you go to talk 
about your problems and stuff? "Oh, 
you've got such a problem..." I 
haven't got a problem about it, we 
haven't got a problem about it, we're 
just talking about our dicks. You 
jumped in, you're the one with the 
problem... and she said, well don't get 
upset and I said I do get upset about 
it, we've all got "bits" and we 
shouldn't be made to feel ashamed of 
them. Have you ever seen this film, 
it's just called "Dick?" 
MRR: I think I've s een a clin of it... 

S: Well, it's just endless flashes 
of different men's pricks, with 
a voiceover. And a lot of it is 
women saying, "Well to me it 
looks like an elephant turd," or 
"to me it looks like...", and not 
a lot of beauty in it. And I was 
looking at it and thinking, this 
is fucking horrible. Cos if men 
produced a video which was 
saying what cunts looked like, 
I would say fanny but fanny 
means arse over here, but 
vaginas or whatever you want 
to call it, what a furore there 
would be. So I just feel that it's 
time to stop that. I think it's 
time for men to reclaim the 
penis, but in a sensitive, 
intelligent way. I'm sorry to anyone 
out there who might be offended, but 
an erection is what happens when a 
man gets excited, so fucking deal with 
it. 

MRR: Deal with vo ur erection? 
S: What have I said? 
MRR: Well, don't wor ry. I'll edit nut 
anything that makes any of us look 
stupid. 

S: And all this stuff that we've been 
talking about, that's what Stratford 
Mercenaries are about. I think the 
guys would agree... 
MRR: You better hope. . . they'll he 
reading the magazine going God, T 
can't believe what vou said! 
S: We're wrong enough. We're a bunch 
of wrong 'uns. 

MRR: So that's ho w vou would sum un 
the Str atford Mercenaries then? 
You're about men reclaiming their 
dicks? 

S: Well, that's part of it, but just 
trying to find a new way of looking at 
all these things that we've come 
through. Just trying to find a new 
way of doing it now, that's what we 
really believe in, that's done with 
compassion rather than bitterness, I 
suppose. Does it make sense? It's the 
only way I can put it really. Compas- 
sion not bitterness. 

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Berks County , PA come the Piss Shivers, one of 

the area's most outrageous bands (even if they 

do say so themselves). This interview was 

conducted by Brett Tobias & Oohnny Griswold. 

MRR: What's the line up? What do you play? 

Cedrid I play guitar and I sing 

Dion: Hi. I'm Dion. I'm the bass player. Where's 

our drummer? 

MRR: He's lost 

CedriC: I got confused finding my way over 

here. 

Dion: On the way over somebody honked at me. 

I figured it's one of the ouys & said the hell with 

it. they'll find it. I couldn't see them to well, my 

headlights don't work to. good. 

CedriC: And you drove without your glasses on. 

Dion: I've been doing that for years. 

MRR Were do you guys take your influences 

from 

CedriC: Things just pop into our heads. 

MRR Who writes most of the songs? 

Dion : Cedric does most all the writing. I joined 

up for something to do and free coffee. 

CedriC: Dion has great ideas though. Usually 

Dion comes up with great ideas and never uses 

them, so I do. 

Dion: I'm olad someone uses my ideas. I'm to lazy. 



use it. 

MRR: Tell us about it 



CedriC: Hummm. 

Dion: I told you all about it. 

MRR What are some of the shows you've 

closed down? 

Dion: How much time do you got? 

MRR: Have you ever been attacked? 

Dion: No. we ve never been hit. 

CedriC: But we've always wanted to re-enact 

that scene in the Sex Pistols movie... 

: Yes. I thought that was the cool thing, were 



MRR Someone is knocking. 

CedriC: Our drummer has arrived. 
Mark: Ok. 

CedriC: What's your first comment for the in- 
terview. 

Mark: I'm late and I know it. 
MRR Why are you late? 



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15th street. 

MRR How did a young guy like yourself get 
involved with these ... 
Mark: ... Old farts here? 
CedriC: We're not that old. 
Dion: Come on. we're so old 
we fart dust. 
MRR You^ 

organize your own shows? 
Fireballs & such? 
Dion: about 50% of the time. 
CedriC: It gets to be a has- 
sle to set everything up 
because you're responsi- 

b,e - m&f!)'* 

Dion: You can't have fun j gK >r 

then, you know. You have 
to coordinate, make sure _ - 

thesoundis good and so on. • 
MRR What are your musi- 
cal goals? 

CedriC: My goal is to sell 
enough CD's every month 
to meet the credit card bill 
for pressing them. 

MRR: Well how much are you selling them for? 
CedriC: *4.00. J5.00 mail oder? 



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MS.00. 

CedriC: It's cheap for us. CD's only cost about 



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MRR How far do you want to take the band? D'o 
you want to just play or do other things? 

CedriC: What? liKe great humanitarian things 
(like Bob Geldoff )? 

MRR Or meet women or whatever other rea- 
son people are in bands for. 
Dion: Chicks are the biggest motivation. And 
playing out on stage is the most fun in the world. 
And you get to go places for shows. Someone 
like me I need a reason to go anywhere. 



songs. 

MRR: Now it's your hit you'll have to write 

more songs like it 

CedriC: You've been eating to many blue M & M's 

over there 



thing that's not to healthy. Probably plutonium. 
MRR How did you come up with the name the 
Piss Shivers? 

Dion: I'm tired of telling the 

story, fuck it! 

CedriC: You came up with the 
i name though. 
' Dion: Its just something that 

happens sometimes when you 

urinate. You shiver a little and 

it feels good. 
■ ' Cedric: Pusually don't get them, 
i but if it's cold I do. 

Dion: Well I get 'em all year 

around. Usually at a urinaltoo. 

I don't know. It's a strange 

phenomenon. 

CedriC: Because other guys 

are watchin' you while you 

piss. (laughs) Mark do you get 

them? Mark? 

Mark: I don't know. I don't think 

I ever had one. 

Dion: You know what it is? It's 
like - you got a small body temperature change 
there, because you're getting rid of a certain 
temperature of piss ana so then you shiver to 
make up the difference. 
Cedric: Ok. 
Dion: Erase that. That's stupid. 



music do you play and what's it about? 

Mark: Hard rock. 
CedriC: We play rock and roll. 
Dion: We play punk rock. 
CedriC: Yeah, we play punk rock with elements 
of other stuff. 

CedriC: It's also about our musical message 
which iS; "rock out with your cock out!" 
Dion: Or rock out with your cock in if you can 
find a place to put it! 
*"i Any last words? 

iC: NO 

'uck anything you can get your hands on. 
And check outyour speaker cabinet before you 

§o out and buy a new bass head. 
or information or to contact the Piss Shivers: 
The Piss Shivers, c/o Cedric Rokgod, 46 Ober- 
holtzer Rd. Bechtelsville. PA 1930S. ■ 



Dion 



Mark 



Cedric 



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MRR Why are you late? 

Mark: I got lost on the 
way here. 




: What type of music do you play 
and what's it aDout? 

" iric: It's also about our musical 



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si^ie reports 




Moscow is like a time capsule that is 
slowly being cracked open by the wrong people. 
For years bands played in the style of THE EX- 
PLOITED. SEX PISTOLS. DOA etc. but now find 
themselves assaulted by THE OFFSPRING, NOFX. 
TOY DOLLS, and the like on their TVs and in their 
clubs. Things only really started to get going a few 
years ago. so there aren't too many bands worth 
talking about, but the scene is nonetheless excit- 
ing because everything is growing so fast. 

A lot of bands never make it to the clubs, 
so all I can talk about here are the more well- 
known bands that do play in clubs, which are 
incidentally all owned by money hungry profiteers 
who demand upwards of 20 sold tickets "down" 
from the bands and moreover give the bands 
nothing for their performances. But what choice 
do the bands have? You can't do house shows in 
a city with no houses: everyone is crammed into 
massive apartment buildings with neighbors to 
complain about loud music, and the police are 
especially brutal. Again it's impossible to make 
any money whatsoever at shows (how many 
times have I heard bands here complain about 
"just enough for gas") so bands are really damn 
poor ( help em out if you can! ) . So here we go: 
PURGEN is probably the "leader" of the 



Lunkovu Aleksandru. Tel. 011-7095-306-1148 
(warning: telephone only if you could understand 
Russian through a sewer pipe and six mattresses ) . 

SATAN CLAUS is a young band with good 
promise in fast, energetic punk: hopefully they'll 
be getting a release out next year. 

YOZHI figure prominently in the Mos- 
cow scene, but mostly among uncool 
skinheads. They mostly sing about beer and 
parrying and the like, but the music is decep- 
tively good, more on the Oi side with similari- 
tiesto VOODOO GLOWSKULLS' non^ka songs 




sometimes a token GBH or DK tape, a few local 
band tapes, and lots of t-shirts/fashion apparel of 
the above bands, and fascist clothing. In short the 
scene has become very polluted with commercial- 
ism because only the big MTV bands can afford to 
put their stuff out. 




scene. Vocalist Ruslan Purgen has acquired the 
reputation of the scene organizer, core of the 
punk intelligentsia. The music is rough, fast, at 
times comical, vomit-inducing, definitely sprung 
out of forefather influences like DKand GBH. but 
is just as unique. The lyrics range from bitterly 
critical to mocking tirades against the post-Soviet 
society of today. Highly thoughtful, upright band. 
They have 4 LP's to date (although none of them 
are on vinyl and only the last is in commercial 
format ) :Transplantatsia Mirovozreniye ( 92-93 ) . 
Radiatsionnaya Aktivnost' (95). Filosofia 
Urbanicheskovo Bezvremenya ( 96 ) . and Myortviy 
Prezident (97). The next LP is in the making. 
Contact me or Purgen for cassettes, info: 

Red Nick/ 126 Huxley Dr./Buffalo. NY 
14226 

PURGEN/ 111397 Moscow/ Ul. Zeleniy 
Prospekt/ D. 26 Kv. 351/ Tel. 011-7095-918- 
4822 

A bunch of Moscow bands are featured 
on the comp Pank Revolyutsia I ( 96: KTR ) . IZGOY 
is also a good band, although they've only been 
around a year. Fast tempo, a little more bouncy 
than PURGEN. raspy-vocals. LP this fall. Write to 
Pistolyet or Zui at: Russia 109377 Moscow/ Ul. 
Akademika Skryabina/ Dom 3 Korpus 3 Kv 1 / 



PIG BASTARDS tend to be THE EX- 
PLOITED wannabe's, but they deserve some 
credit. 

You can contact any of these bands 
through PURGEN. 

There aren't really any permanent 
punk clubs in Moscow, but lately R-Club ( 28 
Talalikhina. near Volgogradskiy Prospekt. 
tel. 277-0254) has been hosting a bunch of 
shows and has become the most likely spot to see 
bands. Don't be intimidated by the jail cell ( com- 
plete with pig ) /interrogation chamber you have 
to pass through to get in. Security there is relatively 
non-interfering. The best time to see bands is in 
the spring and fall ( revolution ) : fewer shows in 
the winter (too damn cold!), and none in the 
summer ( everyone goes on vacation to the coun- 
tryside). 

There are no independent labels in Mos- 
cow. If a band wants to do it DIY. they have to 
settle for crappy quality in a shit studio and have 
to pay out of their own pockets for cassettes 
( no vinyl there! ) . distribution, etc. Of course 
$ for that isn't just lying around, so usually 
tapes never get beyond the bands' circles of 
friends. The most sympathetic label that can 
offer reasonable sound quality and distribu- 
tion is the metal label KTR (Korporatsia 
Tyazholovo Roka). The name says it all - 
they're a corporation and think with $-signs. 
Basically they put a few thousand down, pull 
in 3 times that much and keep everything - 
nothing comes back to the bands. The same 
goes for any other endeavor: zines, t-shirts. 
buttons...the bands get it stuck to them from 
all sides. If you don't have the capital 
( and who does? ) . you have to resort 
to the big firms which will pollute your 
product with their own advertising and 
give you jack shit back. It's wave both flags 
or none at all. 

If you're thinking of going over 
there, be warned in advance that a disturb- 
ing proportion of racist shaven youth in the 
tradition of Romper Stomper plagues the 
scene. Both bands and individuals are 
afraid to step out against them because at 
the moment free-thinkers are in the mi- 
nority and they understandably don't want 
to invite their asses to get kicked. As it is the 
scene has racked up an ugly history of 
violence, from gang racial beatings to mass 
assaults a la the macho "working-man" 
suburban posses in Lyubertsi. 

Music stores of any promise are 
few and far between. Best bets are Kultura 
( 1 Meshchanskaya. across from the movie 
theater near metro station 
Sukharyev5kaya) and the music bazaar 
every Saturday near metro station 
Bagrationovskaya. They've got truckloads 
of SEX PISTOLS. THE EXPLOITED, OFF- 
SPRING. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, 
NOFX, and similar commercialized offal. 




Travel info: getting around is super-easy 
on public transportation: 9/10 of the time you 
don't even have to pay, but even if you do it's 
ridiculously cheap. People are really friendly and 
hospitable: it's easy to make friends and find 
people to stay with, but the Russians are really 
traditional (even the punks!) about serving their 
guests, so unless you want to offend people you 
eat and drink what they do. Yes. there is no 
conception of vegetarianism much less veganism 
there, but you can live vegan on the road, and 
cheap! Russian black bread is 35 cents for a 2 lb 
loaf and you can find canned corn, beans, nuts 
and fruit in outside stands and kiosks. If you 
prefer to wing it on the road, keep in mind that 
there are no squats because there are literally no 
abandoned buildings! But you can catch some 
sleep/take a dump in any of the intercity train 
stations (Kievskiy. Byelorusskiy. ...). Be prepared 
to answer to cops though and have those docu- 
ments handy. 

Things are changing fast over there, and 
we can play our part. Now that the iron curtain is 
lifted, what's stopping you? Help undermine the 
dilution of the scene by racist thugs and money- 
makers, get the info/music exchange going, and 
support the international movement. 




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In keeping with the tradition of scene 
reports being written by someone who has left the 
Islands I'm typing this up just days before my 
scheduled departure from what some call para- 
dise. Forget about the sandy beaches, surf, and 
hula skirts, what I'm gonna miss in Hawaii is a 
scene that is like no other. We may not have tons 
of bands or zines or collectives but what we also 
don't have are dumbass Nazi skinheads, jocks or 
separatism in the scene. There is no such thing as 
a SxE show, or an emo show, or any other type of 
segregated show. The fact that for the most part 
people get along is one of the things that makes 
the Hawaii scene great. So anyway here's a more 
updated and accurate scene report than the last 
one. Oh yeah, the BYOFL listings are really incom- 
plete so cut this out and paste it over. Here we go. 

Bands; THE CATALOGS who play pop 
punk in the SCREECHING WEASEL/QUEERS vein 
have been broken up for awhile but are sched- 
uled to reform this winter in Washington. They 
have a well recorded demo tape out and it 
includes the song that the QUEERS covered on 
"Don't Back Down". The tape is available for $3 
ppd from:' The Catalogs/ 2918 N. 16th St./ 
Tacoma. WA/ 98406. Rumor has it that they are 
due to have stuff coming out on Mutant Pop. 
Check out the Catalogs' web site at http:// 
homei.gte.net/jrider. 

GENERIC is an old school punk band 
from the North Shore. These guys are forty years 
old and still dye and spike their hair. A CD is 
supposed to be on the way. FAMILY FUN is a ska/ 
punk ensemble who rock out at every show. The 
bass player is notorious for lighting his ass on fire 
at the end of their set. GRAPEFRUIT is probably the 
best known band. They have a 7" out as well as a 
CD on Second Guess. They tour almost every 
summer and usually always open for the big acts 
that come here. The HELL YEAH BOWLERS have 
been broken up for a long time. Members of HYB. 
ANOTHER CRISIS, 
and SPURN 

formed the 

hardcore all star 
band 
COOPERSTOWN. 
These guys play 
amazing hardcore 
and have a stage 
presence that has 
to be seen to be 
believed. A 7" is 
supposed to be on 
the way. Nothing 
has been heard 
from IRA HAYES 
forawhilesoifthey 
are still together or 
not remains to be seen. FUKITIFIKNOW have 
changed their name to EAST END KIDS and have 
a new bass player. THE KNUMBSKULLS are a 
catchy melodic ska punk band who just released 
a 6 song demo tape available for $3 ppd at 133 
Dowsett Ave./ Honolulu. HI 968 1 7. They put on a 
good show: for more info write or check out their 
web site: http://www.geocities.com/Sunsetsrip/ 
Club/2768/ skull.htm. 





The POWER PELLETS have a very strong 
JAWBREAKER influence and sound like it. They 
have a 7" out and their CD should be out in August, 
one of Hawaii's best bands in my opinion. Write 
them at 4140 Sierra Dr./ Honolulu, HI/ 96816. 
The RAYMONDS are pop p-k and have a 7" 
available but they just broke up so.THE PUGILIST 
are non political oi and are supposed to be 
releasing something sometime. TWEAKED is a 
powerful sounding melodic hardcore group. Mix 
LIFETIME and ALL and you get the idea. They just 
released a 1 7 song CD. For info write to 95-038 
Kuahelani Ave./ Mililani. HI/ 96789. They have 
a website as well: http://www.crashtheluau.com/ 
tweaked. 

UNTT 101 are one of the best live bands 
here if you have a chance to see them, do it. They 
play fast, catchy Fat Wreckchords type of stuff but 
original enough not to sound like a bland imita- 
tion of NOFX. THE STICKLERS are a sloppy garage 
style group. They just 
put out a 7". Info at PO 
Box235789 Honolulu. 
HI/96823-3513.The 
CRAWLING CHAOS play 
Satanic pop punk. A 
13 song demo is avail- 
able for anyone who 
wants it at the same 
price and address as 
the CATALOGS. GOD 
OUR DICTATOR are a 
grindcore band that 
have to be seen live to 
be believed. Just pic- 
ture GWAR as a three 

piece. For the emo crew there are DAUGHTER 
ELEMENT and ROSWELL The North Shore bands 
don't play much in town ( Honolulu ) so to see 
those bands you usually have to drive all the way 
out to Wahiawa. Anyway from the North Shore we 
have HELD TRIP who sound to me like a fast J 
CHURCH. SECTION 8 play fast MINOR THREAT style 
punk and are supposed to be recording a 7". S.R.S. 
are standard Epitaph fare, not very original. There 
are only a few ( as far as I know ) ska bands here, 
those being GO JIMMY GO. the BOSSCATS. the 
CREEPERS and RED SESSION. 

Zines: After Taste is a zine with a lot of 
personal opinions about school, evil corporations, 
anti big business, etc. A 
deal at only two 
stamps. After Taste/ 
PO Box 75295/ Ho- 
nolulu. HI/ 96717. 
Kytzyl is a fairly thick 
well formatted zine 
that used to focus on 
ska but is now broad- 
ening it's coverage. It 
also has a lot of really 
hilarious articles and 
the most recent article 
has stuff on getting 
caught stealing zines 
from Tower, a CRAWL- 
ING CHAOS interview 
and lots of other inter- 
esting things. $1 ppd to Kytzyl. PO Box 474/ 
Haleiwa. HI/ 96712. Scumbag Tulip is from 
Maui. A lot of the writing is very much like that 
found in Cometbus. It's always an interesting read. 
SI ppdScumbagTulip/37 KuhiniaSt./Wailuku. 
HI 96793. Super Super Secret Squirrel is also 
from Maui and never has the same type of stuff in 
it. Comes out whenever. Hey Suburbia is the 
longest running and most regular zine, however. 



since I'm moving the last issue is N°7. This issue 
has an interview with SIREN, a letter concerning 
the death penalty, articles on America's defense 
spending, a crooked venue here, and other per- 
sonal views as well as the usual record reviews etc. 
Hey Suburbia/ 2 9 1 8 N. 1 6th St./ Tacoma. WA/ 
98406. Cost is Si plus 2 stamps. 

The venues here seem to vary from week 
to week. Punk shows have been held mostly at 
Rendezvous recently. Shows are five bucks, start 
on time and happen every couple of weeks or so. 
Nimitz Hall is where most of the major touring 
bands play. It's a big warehouse with through the 
roof ticket prices, dickhead security and so many 
negative things about it I don't even know why I'm 
mentioning it. Punks beware: this place sucks 
balls. The Hype down near the airport is a pretty 
cool place to play. Shows are fairly cheap and 
happen once a month. Club 1739 and the Ninja 
House are lame and to be avoided because they 
a ) don't have all ages shows and b ) rip off local 

promoters. There 
are occasionally 
shows out in the 
Wahiawa/ 
Haleiwa area, 
most recently 
free shows have 
been held at the 
Poamoho Club- 
house. 

Record 
Stores: The best 
record store es- 
pecially for punk 
and vinyl stuff is 
Jelly's. They have a pretty good selection of punk 
stuff and their used record bins contain some 
steals (the CLASH. BLACK FLAG, old BAD RELI- 
GION, etc. ) . The Radio Free Music Center is the 
next best place to find punk stuff although they 
are a rip off. Those bastards charge $4.50 for a 
7" and even more for CD's. I wouldn't buy anything 
there unless it was a matter of a never gonna find 
it elsewhere occasion. They also have a used 
record bin that occasionally has some good finds. 
Those are the best stores for punk stuff. The other 
record stores that have stuff you can find pretty 
much anywhere are Hungry Ear. Paradise City, and 
a big chain store that rhymes with power. The only 
distro up here is run by Adison and Jackson from 
the Sticklers. You can get ahold of them at Wet 
Noodle. P.O. Box 235789/ Honolulu. HI 96823- 
3513. Noey from Kytzyl is trying to start a zine 
distro and you can get ahold of her through the 
Kytzyl address. The only radio station that has a 
punk show is KTUH 90.3 FM. It's the college radio 
station and last time I heard they have a 1-3 hour 
punk show just about every day. The only other 
station worth listening to is 107.9 and that's the 
oldies station. 

Any bands that can afford to come out to 
Hawaii to play would be more than welcome to. 
The weather is great, there's a fairly cool scene 
and some truly great people who would be more 
than happy to let you crash at their place and show 
you around. 

Any band wanting info on playing Hawaii 
can write to the STICKLERS/Wet Noodle address 
and Adison will try and hook you up with a show. 
Most bands here that have releases are also 
carried by Hawaiian Express Mail Order. Send an 
SASE to PO Box 777/ Byron, CA/ 94514. So 
there you have the scoop on the Hawaii punk 
scene at least as much as I know about it. Aloha 
from the land of Don Ho and coconut bra's. 
Frank Suburbia. 



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Greetings from Pennsylvania Dutch 
county. Since there has never been a scene report 
from this area before, the following is a listing of 
the hot and happening Berks County action. 

The biggest city in the area is Reading, 
but most of the action happens in the little town 
of Boyertown. The punk scene in this area has 
L ;.-" in existence since the early 80s. Not much 
has tver been done to document the local punk 
history and most bands never got further than 
releasing demo tapes. This has changed in the last 
couple of years and recently bands have begun 
playing outside the area and releasing CD's and 
7"s. 

Bands The best known band at this point 
is BOMB SQUADRON (2014 Hale Ct.. Reading. PA 
19610-1430) who were originally know as 
PEPSI GENERATION. They play alcohol-fueled. 
Oi!/ street punk, characterized by early 80's type 
riffs and sing-along lyrics. They have a 7" out as 
PEPSI GENERATION, their first release as BOMB 
SQUADRON is the "Another Generation Lost" 7" 
(which received rave reviews from MRR) with 
other 7"s. splits and compilation tracks soon to be 
released. 

SUBURBAN YOUTH (401 Raymond. Read- 
ing, PA 19605) play early 80s. D.C.-flavored 
hardcore punk. After a lengthy hiatus and a 
change in band members they are back in action 
and have recorded a new 1 song tape. 

Hailing from the northern part of the 
county is CHRISTIAN SCIENCE AD. (1695 Run- 
ning Deer Dr. Auburn. PA 17922) playing me- 
lodic/thrashy/hardcore in the POISON IDEA tra- 
dition and featuring former members of RANCID 
POSIE and SCISSOR HEAD. The band has a 7" on 
their own label Fugly Record, a split 7" with the 
New York band ABAUENATION and a CD entitled 
"Speed Freak" out on Mother Box Records. 

FOUR BANGER (P.O. Box 526 Leesport, 
PA 1 9533 ) Plays rock n roll punk a la the DEVIL 
DOGS and SUPERSUCKERS and features ex NO 
ONES HERO guitarist Ray Wyland. They've just 
recorded their first demo at Famed Coyote Studio 
in Brooklyn. 

For some strange reason most of the 
County's music activities radiate out from 
Boyertown. The almighty PISS SHIVERS (46 
Oberholtzer Rd. Bechtelsville, PA 19505) are 
PA's famed "Rock Gods" playing obnoxious old 




school punk. The band has 2 CD's out: "Help! My 
Dog's A Skinhead!" and "Hepped Up On Goof balls" 
and tracks on far to many comps to list. To quote 
the band "We Rock. You Suck. So Fuck You!". 

One of the most popular bands (and 
band often voted most likely to succeed ) is THE 
BASS MASTERS (731 2nd St. Boyertown, PA 
19512) who play poppy, girl-inspired punk with 
SCREECHING WEASEL/NOFX leanings. 

Also from Boyertown is GENERATION 1 3 
(P.O. Box 370 Sassmansville. PA 19472-0370) 
playing in an old school style with pop punk 
overtones ( imagine THE QUEERS with Greg Ginn 
on guitar). The band recently released a 9 song 
tape and are working on a 7". 

FIGUREHEAD. INC. (1111 Grosstown 
Rd. Stowe. PA 19464 ) come from the wilds of 
Green Lane and play a hair spray charged mixture 
of melodic and aggressive punk styles. The band 
( who are also big in West Virginia ) has released 
a few self produced demos, have a track on a 
Rodell Records comp and are planning to release 
a 7" and several splits sometime this winter. 

THE KRETINS (1636 Woodland Rd.. 
Green Lane. PA 18054 ) are a pop punk band 
heavily influenced by THE QUEERS and THE 
RAMONES. This band is one of the youngest 
on the scene with members being 1 6 and 1 7 
years old. They have a tape available and 
plan to release a CD eventually. 

MK-ULTRA VIOLENCE ( P.O. Box 285. 
Gilbertsville, PA 19525) play crusty/ 
hardcore inspired punk rock. They sing about 
aliens breeding with humans as well as 
socially conscious songs. 

SHIEK4THER0ADH0GS (Box 802. 
Broomstick Lane. Green Lane. PA 18074) 
feature members of FIGURE HEAD and D.U.I. 
This band takes a heavy nod from SOCIAL 
DISTORTION. They've just started playing out 
and have recently recorded a demo. 

D.U.I. (1180 Brinckman Rd.. Pennsburg. 
PA 18073) are self proclaimed "snot rockers" 
and play a style influenced by BLACK FLAG/SEX 
PISTOLS/NIRVANA. They have 2 full length tapes 
released and another coming out this winter. 
There are plans in the works for release of a CD. 
OXYGEN DEBT (Oxygen Debt 2056 
County Line Rd., East Greenville, PA 18041 ) are 
another new band playing in a pop punk style. 
These guys are the youngest band on the scene 
being 15-16 years old. They have an 8 song demo 
out and are soon recording a new one. 

THEGRISWOLDS (3024 Duckworth Dr.. 
Sanatoga. PA 1 9 4 6 4 ) play melodic, SOCIAL DIS- 
TORTION influenced punk rock. The band has 
played at several large venues and actually had 
GOLD FINGER open up for them once. They 
appear on a King Recordz comp 
and have several demos avail- 
able. 

There are also new bands 
that have not played out yet 
including CAPTAIN TUFF. 
SQUAREGRIMACEandELDUCE 
YOUTH (the area's only MEN- 
TORS tribute band ) . as well as 
other now forming bands and 
side projects. 

Fanzines Mind Pollution ( P.O. 
Box 370. Sassmansville. PA 
19472-0370) isafinefanzine 
published by Dave Generation 
of Generation 1 3 and features 
review, rants and raves from 
the local scene. 
Boots and Suits (401 



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Raymond. Reading. PA 1 9605 ) is a new fanzine, 
on news print, put out by members of the band 
Suburban Youth. First issue has just been released 
cover punk and ska. 

Woodgater (3024 Duckworth Dr.. 
Sanatoga, PA 19464 ) This long running fanzine 
is published by the band THE GRISWOLDS. Em- 
phasis has been on music but latest the format has 
switched to feature lots and lots of porn. Porn 
rules. 

Jade's Red Room (3361 Salford Station 
Rd., Perkiomenville. PA 18074) Published by 
"Zine Queen" Jade, J.R.R. covers all aspects of 
punk from review, to stories, to opinions, etc. 

Lie Bull (P.O. Box 62. Gilbertsville. PA 
19525) This highly opinionated fanzine has 
been in publication for several years. 

Pee Limit (3 78 Housman Rd.. 
Perkiomenville. PA 18074) This zine. influenced 
by Woodgater zine. covers the local punk scene. 

Miscellaneous Rotten House Records (P.O. 
Box 12705. Reading. PA 19612-2705) This 
label specializes in Berks County, PA based punk ! 
bands and recently released a 1 3 band. 26 song 
compilation titled "Rumors From The Air-Condi- 




tioned Tiger Pit". 

Spine Punch Distribution ( 4 6 Oberholtzer 
Rd.. Bechtelsville. PA 19505) This distro deals 
primarily with products from Berks County bands. 
Write for trades or a free catalog. 

Shakin' Street Radio Show ( c/o WXAC/ 
Albright College. P.O. Box 15234. Reading. PA 
19612- 5234) This Reading area radio show 
plays all styles of punk rock from around the 
world ( 1960s to 1990s). Also featured are 
interviews with local bands. 

Pottstown Diner (King St. & Rt. 100. 
Pottstown. PA) Where the elite meet to eat. Once 
the center of all gossip and the main scene hang 
out. The action has calmed down here a bit lately 
but it's legacy remains. 

Ripp Off Productions (46 Oberholtzer 
Rd.. Bechtelsville. PA 1 9 5 5 ) This 8-track record- 
ing studio is run by the singer from the PISS 
SHIVERS and has recorded most of the area 
bands. 

The only two problems facing our scene 
( beside the usual back stabbing and shit talking 
that goes with anything considered a scene) are: 
The lack of drummers is the biggest with some 
drummers playing in 3 or 4 bands at once. Take 
note all you would be rock star drummers out 
there, move here and you'll be a king. 

The other is lack of places to play: this 
includes halls to rent and all ages venues. 

Well kiddies there you have it. our scene 
and a fine thing it is. 

So remember: come to our shows, get us 
drunk, share your women with us and most 
importantly "Rock Out With Your Cock Out"! 




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Anarchy in the UK • Tom Vague 

162 pages • $14.95 

AK Press • POB 40682 • San Francisco • CA • 94140 

I didn't know much about the Angry Brigade before 
I read this book. Now I feel like I know too much 
of some things and not enough of others. But let's 

HjJ|MJ start at the beginning here The Angry Brigade was 
I Bflc/'J an amorphous but highly professional bomb mob 
that operated in London in the early 1970 's. Their 
politics were of the radical pro-working class, anti- 
authority variety; say, a more focused, violence- 
oriented, White Panther-influenced precursor to 
Class War (ideologically, not organizationally). 
Their targets ranged from Conservative Party 
offices and the homes of judges and diplomats to the Miss World beauty 
pageant and a pub that refused service to highway workers. They are 
often facilely but accurately tagged as Britain's homegrown version ol 
the Red Army Faction, Brigade Rosse, the Weathermen, etc. The bombings 
associated with them were accompanied by (usually) articulate 
communiques that owed equal debts to situationism and libertarian 
socialism. Despite an attempt by the establishment media to hush up 
the bombings, the Angry Brigade became national bogeymen/heroes 
Their brief but loud career ended in a spectacular 109-day trial. Half ol 
the "Stoke Newington Eight" were flatly acquitted. The other four served 
a few years in prison. So it was. 

Sounds like fun, right? But despite this book's appareni 
intentions, the American public still waits for a clear telling of the Angry 
Brigade story. Vague seems to be the kind of guy who brims with funny 
little stories and cool ideas, like the frequent references to pop chart 
happenings and soccer results alongside the images of midnight bombings 
and state repression. There's plenty to enjoy here, no doubt about that 
Vague obviously appreciates and revels in the absurdity of the whole 
situation, give him a good explosion and an ensuing frenzy from the 
Establishment and he'll go to bed happy. But the end result is a blur 
police raid, bombing, communique, hit record, bombing, police raid, 
outraged newspaper editor, bombing, football championship, 
communique It's almost always good fun, but feels superficial and 
numbing after awhile. One big problem is the structure. Vague tries to 
hang the tale on a chronological frame, which just isn't well-suited to 
bring the murky milieu that birthed the Brigade into clear focus. If you're 
not up on the domestic politics of Great Britain in the early '70 's, you're 
going to spend a lot of time with a furrowed brow, trying to hang or 
while wondering what exactly the Industrial Relations Bill was all about 
or what was going on in Clydeside and Bogside. Vague does a better job 
with the underground scene, including a brief but solid introductory 
chapter on the Situationists that a square like me might find helpful 
But all in all, the strict insistence on the chronology does the book ir 
for everyone but Angry Brigade enthusiasts who want more details or 
the members' comings and goings. 

Anarchy in the UKs main strength is also its main weakness: the 
profusion of detail at the expense of a larger, (gulp) coherent picture. Of 
course, it's possible that Vague was shooting for exactly what he got, the 
extended collage that the book becomes does have a certain appeal. And 
from now on this will probably be a valued resource for anyone seriously 
researching urban guerillas. But if you're a dilettantish Yankee like me, 
you're still waiting for The Book About The Angry Brigade. —Jason Useless 



Style: Writing from the Underground— (Revolutions of Aerosol Linguistics 

Stampa Alternativa with IGTimes 

118 pages ■ $20 

IGTimes • POB 299 • Prince Street Station • New York • NY • 10012 




Style: Writing from the Underground contains 
a loving and amazing portrait of how, with the 
help of aerosol paint, the 26 letters of the 
English alphabet came to appear on New York's 
subways, tweaked and twisted into 
unimaginable shapes and rendered in lush 
colors never seen on the gaudiest parrot. The 
writers of IGTimes have created an up-close 
look at the history of graffiti in New York, combining great photos and 
quotes with sometimes not-so-great text. 

The roots of "aerosol culture" pre-date aerosol itself. Writing on 
New York's subways began in earnest in the late sixties, with signatures 
denoting names and often the street where the writer lived. One of the first 
well-known writers was Taki 183, "a Greek kid from Manhattan's upper west 
side [who] became a household name by bombing every and anything in the 
metropolitan area and surrounding states with the tenacity of a Kamikaze." 
Inspired by Taki's one-man assault on the New York transit system, legions 
of soldiers marched into battle after him, armed only with felt-tip markers. 
In the early seventies came the invention of spray paint, the 
equivalent of replacing pen-knives with air rifles. The addition of aerosol to 
the arsenal created a new era of size and style. Signatures could now be 
rendered in billboard-size letters. Spray nozzles taken from metal flake paint, 
oven cleaner and spray starch were found to project greater amounts of 
paint. Thus were born the first fat caps. Gleeful experimentation on hapless 
subway car? resulted in successive innovations of style, leading ultimately 
to complex, multicolored, ultra-stylized pieces, often taking up entire cars, 
window and all. 

Style is beautifully laid out, and the photos included are priceless. A 
note at the beginning of the book states that "the pictures are vintage, some 
are the only in existence and were taken with non professional cameras by 
non professionals, who never thought to document their work." The slightly 
blurred, filmy look of the photographs doesn't detract from them, it generally 
adds to their character. Some of the most engaging photos are ones of the 
writers themselves in the seventies, black and Latino boys looking impossibly 
young and improbably hip, with exuberant grins of defiant mischief on their 
faces and plaid flared pants on their legs. Most incredible is the 
documentation through photos of graffiti's evolution over several decades. 
(In the graffiti photos the writer's name is helpfully indicated in the right 
hand corner, much like the ever-present Fox logo on your tv screen, so you 
can avoid that embarrassing "what-does-that-say?" eye squinch.) It's delightful 
to see writers like Phase Two transform their letters from wobbly uneven 
scrawls to beautiful wild style pieces with as many swerving turns and 
bewildering arrows as an LA freeway exit. 

Unfortunately the text accompanying the photographs is sometimes 
as hard to decipher as Phase Two's pieces. There is a lot of over-precious 
fussing over style which makes whole sections of the book come off like 
Emily Post's Etiquette. Sentences sag like soggy diapers full of extraneous 
adjectives and esoteric commentary. "Since the writer is the sole apprentice 
of the letter, the definitive involved in the conceptual execution of it 
technically holds no boundaries." Huh? 

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from the years of experience and historical perspective of the IGTimes 
writers, it suffers paradoxically from a lack of the big picture view. It's like 
the writers have their noses so close to the one car they're painting, they 
don't see the whole train anymore. There are many issues that aren't 
addressed or are only glanced over. For example the book only focuses on 
New York. This is fine since New York is the undisputed Mecca of graf and 
writers elsewhere tend to bite the Big Apple. But isn't the world-wide spread 
of graffiti worthy of more than a nod? 

Similarly race and gender are scarcely addressed. Despite the 
fierce presence of female writers, they only exist here herded together 
in a brief "best of list. Nor does the book talk about how graffiti has 
expanded from the inner city to include more white and suburbaJ 
writers. And though there are quotes from musical artists ranging frord 
Marvin Gaye to KRS I, the text doesn't discuss writing in the larger 
context of hip hop culture. The addition of more quotes and writer 
interviews would help flesh out the commentary. There are many obvious^ 
questions whose answers would be of interest, particularly to lesJ 
knowledgeable readers. How do writers gain access to trains? How do 
they feel about racking paint and how do they do it? How do crews 
form and battles happen? How do you combat the New York winter 
when your fingers freeze up and you can't paint? What about those 
invariable run-ins with you-know-who, the boys in blue? 

All writers have stories and when the book allows them to be 
aired it profits from the results. One example is an incident involving 
Snake i and Snake 1-131 and a debate as to who wrote "Snake" first 
"Snake is partner Stitch 1 simply paid the other Snake a house call and 
advised him to Drop the one' at gun point, and so he did." The voices ol 
writers Lee 163d!, Phase Two, and Vulcan come across as vibrantly as 
their art and help show the cultural climate which created writing as an 
expression straight from the ghetto, writing as a sense of righteous 
indignation, writing as defiance of the powers that be. Lee 163d! , one 
of the most eloquent voices in the book, reminisces: "Shit was deep 
You had Viet Nam and all types of protest, The Black Panthers, The 
Young Lords, racism and hatred at a peak and brothers and others 
fighting inequality and dying trying to put a stop to it. You can't be 
unaffected by all of that. .at some point it's gonna help mold your 
mentality and it's not gonna be singing 'My Country Tis Of Thee. "' Another 
writer, Duke, echoes sarcastically, "Respect? Love? No. We had free 
processed cheese and then we had the trains. We knew it wasn't gons 
to save us but it was a beautiful vice." 

Along with the historical context comes a stern "Respect your elders" 
message. Vulcan states: "One thing I get mad about a lot is when I hear kids 
all around the world ride their own egos and think that they invented 
something. They're giving no thoughts to and try to ignore their forefathers, 
you know? But it doesn't matter if you look at their pictures now and think 
they're wack, like, oh, you could do that blindfolded, or you could do it 
easily, because what they did twenty-five years ago, no matter how bad it 
looks to you. you probably couldn't do it then and wouldn't be doing shit 
now if they weren't there to begin with." 

Painstaking respect for precedent is one of the most valuabl 
things about this book, though there is a little more airtime tha 
necessary given to grumps and gripes. Despite the occasional alarmin 
similarity between old school B-boys and your crotchety "Back in m 
day" grandpa. Style is definitely a worthwhile buy. The book is writtei 
in Italian as well as English so if nothing else you can entertain yoursel 
by seeing how "fly," "funky," "wack.'' "dope," and "the shit" translate 
into Italian. — Melissa Klein 




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The Teenage Liberation 
402 pages * $14.9; 
Lowry House • POB 1014 




Handbook • Grace Llewelyn 



Eugene • OR • 97440 



Subtitled How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and 
Education, this book addresses teenagers, specifically 
those in junior high and high school. Author Grace 
Llewelyn, a former school teacher, uses direct, casual 
style to make an entertaining, organized presentation 
of why compulsory school fails, why unschooling 
works, and more importantly, how to present these 
common sense ideas to parents and guardians. 

Llewelyn has put together an impressive 
diversity of educational resources for every major 
subject, from math and science to sports and foreign 
languages. There are chapters on college (yes it's quite possible to go to 
college without a high school diploma), the GED, starting your own business, 
travel, many support resources for unschooling (from cheap art supplies to 
monthly unschooling magazines to weighty academic treatises on education) 
and real-life stories of successful unschoolers. Although I skimmed most of 
these latter categories (1 graduated from the Machine in 1988— timing's 
everything!), one eye-opener was the discussion of teens as young as 12 
starting their own businesses. 

What makes The Teenage Liberation Handbook unique is that it 
isn't some badly-typeset mimeographed anarcho-rant screaming "Smash 
the Schools! Smash the State!" Instead, it's based on some very solid premises. 
Llewellyn writes: 

"This book is built on the belief that life is wonderful and schools 
are stifling. It is built on an impassioned belief in freedom. And it is built 
on the belief that schools do the opposite of what they say they do. They 
prevent learning and they destroy one's love of learning." 

Llewellyn's no punk (in fact, I think she's more on the politically 
progressive hippie tip), and it shows in her well-thought out solutions for 
many of the day-to-day unschooling issues, such as well-rounded self- 
education and involvement (or lack of involvement) of parents. When's the 
last time a spiked gutter punk bemoaned his or her atrophied love of 
learning? I rarely hear realistic solutions advocated by "Da Punx," myself 
included, and it's refreshing to read straight forward, non-dogmatic (except 
for the "work for the environment/save the whales" chapter, entitled "Fix 
the World") solutions for such the terminally flawed institution of education. 
Right wingers can easily use this book to avoid the schools as much 
as left wingers, and there lies evidence of the book's relevance to reality. 
Much like how everyone, black or white, punk or skin, young or old, has at 
least one bad cop story, everyone has had bad school experiences. Heck, 
unschooling, also known as homeschooling, usually occurs in extremely 
religious families who despise the "liberal bias" (yeah, right!) of public 
schools, and it's a tribute to, paradoxically enough, the rise of the religious 
right that states have loosened the laws controlling home schooling, making 
it easier for anyone (of any religious/political persuasion) to unschool 
themselves. This book however, while listing many Christian homeschooling 
organizations as support/advice resources, advocates a much looser, 
student-driven curriculum than a highly organized, disciplined "Onward 
Christian Soldiers" approach. Such ideologically appealing theory, however, 
doesn't completely convince me. Yes. it's great that the most repressed 
minority population (youth ages 1-18) has a blueprint for achieving mental 
liberty. Yes, it's great the blueprint is flexible enough to cover almost any 
kind of home/parenting situation, including being poor. Yes, it's great that 






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from the anecdotal evidence of the real-life people, it seems that teens and 
their adult teacher/tutor/mentor/advisor end up respecting each other as 
human beings. But are there enough incredibly trusting, psychologically 
secure parents out there (who aren't all well-off liberals: unschooling, like 
any profound social movement, needs broad-based support to make any 
kind of difference) who are willing to trust that their kids are ready to 
pursue their own personal queries? Can most teens pursue those queries, 
especially after years of parental and scholastic indoctrination o 
unquestioning obedience to authority? 

In the end, desperately clinging to the notion that (despite 
overwhelming evidence to the contrary) people are good at heart and that 
when the "yoke of oppression" is thrown off, they will rise to the occasion 
I have to go with Llewelyn and recommend that parents and teens check 
this book out. My head and heart believe that most teens will learn much 
more when they are unschooled than their peers who remain inside their 
scholastic prison. —Jesse Luscious 



Illegals • J.P. Bone 
214 pages • $12.9; 
Mindfield Publications ' 



POB 14114 • Berkeley ■ CA ■ 94712 



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"Welcome to Los Angeles, where all the streets have 
Spanish names and people ask you why you don't 
speak English." J.P Bone's Illegals is a tale for an 
era that has voted in prop 209, and sit mutely as 
Governor Pete Wilson does his best to deny prenatal 
care for pregnant women without the proper 
passport, cut-off food stamps to all but the youngest 
and oldest legal immigrants, and beefs up the 
powers of the INS. This story, which looks at a 
handful of workers in a shoe factory, puts faces 
and lives to those called "wetbacks" or, in the 
supposedly less offensive terminology du jour, "illegals." 

In the beginning chapters, the story flashes between El Salvador 
and East Los Angeles, as Ana and Manuel prepare to join a family member 
who works at a shoe factory in the States. They fork over all their money to 
a "coyote'and begin a harrowing journey, while on the other side, their 
cousin earns a slave wage in front of the unyielding rhythm of a machine 
and the eyes of a floor manager. 

The story revolves around a group of undocumented workers as 
they wrestle with the need for better working conditions and the fear of 
the INS. The son of Mersola, the story's factory owner, echoes the sentiment 
of a public that is increasingly anti-immigrant and anti-union. "In those 
days, they needed the unions. They were a pretty good thing. But nowadays 
things have changed. They're just a bunch of crooked bastards.. 
Troublemakers... Hell— most of the people working for me aren't even from 
this country. They're all Mexican or whatever, and they're damn happy to 
have a job... " 

Illegals follows these workers as they find their voice, and finally, 
risk their chance for a better life to feel dignity somewhere on earth. Sold 
out by the union on the one hand and abused by factory managers on the 
other, the workers decide to organize themselves. At a time where strikes 
are met with the scorn of inconvenienced customers, it's a relief to read a 
book in which the union is not to be trusted, but the concept refuses to be 
discredited, and workers strike on their own. 

The book has plenty of traditional bad guys— the factory owner and 
his goons, corrupt union bosses, and INS thugs, but its the heroes that are 



unlikely. Bone reworks the victim role that seems to be the media's allotted 
one for the nameless, faceless people beaten by border guards and shipped 
home like baggage, and gives these characters histories, families, dignity, 
and courage: Javier, the smart ass with a hair trigger temper who drinks 
away the disappointment of a dirty union election, Sonia. the pillar who 
won't give up even when her children are threatened by factory thugs, 
Rosa with her four children and AWOL husband, and Antonio, the organizer, 
whose words inspired the others, and when he lost faith, came back to him 
from their mouths. 

Illegals is an important story because it takes the idea of union 
to heart in the very play of its characters— together they are stronger. 
In the final moments of the story when the factory workers have been 
pushed beyond limits Bone shows us that if cowardice can spread like 
disease, courage is more contagious. "That's it! Enough! Huelga! Strike!" 
— Emily Soares 

Lend the Eye a Terrible Aspect: A Collection of Essays and Fiction 

edited by Loren Rhoads and Mason Jones 

16; pages • $9.99 

Automatism Press • POB 170277 • San Francisco • CA • 941 17 

Lend the Eye a Terrible Aspect is a collection of "works 
by people who are wondering what it means to be 
living today, on the verge of a new millenium." The 
book analyzes how we, as North Americans, live in 
arguably the most affluent nations on Earth, but also 
are the poorest in soul. The contributing writers are 
all aware of this fact and seek to expose our culture 
for what it is, a media* controlled fish bowl; where 
who you sleep with, what you wear, and what 
hairstyle you have this week are what defines a 
person, as opposed to what you think and feel. 
Welcome to the 21st Century... 

There are some fine writers in this collection; all coming from the 
underground and independent worlds, all with opinions that differ from 
what the mainstream press would have you believe about our culture. Most 
of the mainstream press see the coming millennium as a cause for hope 
and celebration, the writers in this collection are scared and angry about 
what they see approaching. 

The collection opens with a piece by the always thought provoking 
and vital Don Bajema. He analyzes the masses definition of a true All- 
American hero and compares that view to his own. Bajema's hero and 
warrior would be considered stupid by many in this post Gulf War society 
we live in, he's a man that sacrificed his life in order to preserve many 
young lives. An act that many would never have the fortitude to live up to, 
but also an act that many would not approve of. Bajema puts a mirror up to 
the reader and makes them aware of what side of the fence they are standing 
on. Bajema also explores our societies general weakness and acceptance 
of all that the government sells to us and draws a clean analogy between 
the US and Nazi Germany. 

Martha Allard delivers a powerful piece in "Pass Me Not By" in 
which she analyzes how our society turns a blind eye to the under priviliged, 
how this country is quick to brush those not white and well bred to the 
side without a second glance. This idea is nothing new, but Allard's writing 
forces the reader to analyze their feelings of class bias without neatly putting 
it to the back of your mind as you may be able to do in your "normal" day. 
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comes with Crad Kildoney's "Fighting for Literary Freedom in Canada." Mr. 
Kildoney is up in arms over the fact that he has been hassled by "the man" 
because his street vending has irritated a jewelry vendor close to where he 
sells his books. Mr. Kildoney vows that he will never publish another book 
in Canada again because of the ticket he received for vending without a 
license along with all the horrors of his court dates. Kildoney is very 
hypocritical in his stance, and I guess that is the most irritating thing about 
his piece. He wants everyone to support him, the mainstream press, all the 
writers in Canada, everyone should be on his side because of how true he 
is to his vision and when no one comes to his aid he becomes bitter and 
disillusioned. My one question to Kildoney would be, where were you when 
all the other little guys were being hassled, being persecuted for other 
small offenses not unlike the ones you faced? Probably too busy hawking 
your wares on the street. 

Christine Hurt delivers a tale of a rape that many women may 
identify with. It's not so much the rape that is the focus here, but the 
reactions it causes. How the young punk girl deserves to be raped by 
the black rapist in the eyes of her racist father. The story details the 
pain the girl goes through trying to figure out the correct course to 
take, to report the rape or just ignore it. The story wraps up cleanly 
with the girl even more resolute on the decision of why she must look 
and act different from "them," the masses. 

Gregor Hartman follows with a great story of the evolution of the 
Japanese toilet and how the Asian model is so much more than it's North 
American counterpart. Hartman's story draws a good point, showing how 
the evolution of the toilet is the evolution of everything in the East and the 
staid complacency of the West. The Japanese forge ahead with technology, 
we sit and watch it pass us by. A very entertaining and enlightening tale. 

"A Proposal for Intellectual Property Reform" by Shaun Case takes 
a close look at how outdated and obsolete the current US copyright and 
patent laws are. Case argues that these laws need to be updated to reflect 
and accommodate our electronic world of today. Unlike most people who 
know all the answers, but offer no solutions. Case offers some succinct 
options that should be analyzed by some of our lawmakers. 

Sean Carruthers delivers a warning of a Twilight Zone like existence 
in the future. A child watching television in the future sees how life was in 
the 21st Century, how you could still walk outside for prolonged periods of 
time and breathe the air. Food came from farms and oil was used as the 
prime source of power. A good look at a possible future if we as the piggish 
society we are do not heed some warnings. Carruthers paints a picture of 
our future overpopulated planet with depleted food resources which 
inevitably lead to cannibalism. Not a very pretty picture, but thought 
provoking nonetheless. 

"A Civic Duty" by William R. Stephens is another look to the future. 
Stephens examines the death penalty when citizens are the ones performing 
the executions of people they only know through the images they see in 
the press. In Stephens' story it is one's civic duty to execute someone if 
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"I think a book can help trigger some awareness and encourage 
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foreword by editor Mason Jones, and he and his co-editor Loren Rhoads 
have succeeded in accomplishing their goal, their book made me think 
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Unlike the other zine books published this year, Make 
A Zine! doesn't include any reprints from zines. It is 
simply a how to book written by Bill Brent, publisher/ 
editor of the sex zine Black Sheets. However, writing 
about zines is like writing about punk: it's difficult 
to make everyone happy. If you've done a zine or 
read more than a few, you'll find some of the 
information pedestrian at best and the rest 
completely unnecessary. If you've never done a zine 
or even seen one, the information will be confusing 
and incomplete. 

The book is poorly organized, jumping from history to content to 
how-to with no transitions. It also abruptly leaps from beginner to advanced 
(how to paste up your zine to how to accept credit card orders over the 
phone). What's more frustrating is that a lot of what Brent says doesn't 
apply to most zine writers. He suggests making your cover price three to 
six times your cost. That would put most zines out of business, to say the 
least, unless you have a full color cover and a large circulation. 

I can't completely knock the book, there is some useful information 
in here (serif fonts look better, tips on interviewing, basic printing terms, 
etc.). If you want to make your zine big and glossy and have it make money, 
then the sections on selling your zine or tax information will probably 
help. I also like that Brent includes contact information for the zines he 
mentions as well as lists of stores and distributors. 

Even though Brent sees Make a Zine! as a way to help support and 
encourage the DIY underground, some of the things he suggests leave a 
bad taste in my mouth. I don't want to encourage zine editors to buy books 
about layout and type— editors should just do what they want, what looks 
?ood, and what feels right. Things which he considers sloppy, like mixing 
type and handwritten text, are things which look great in a lot of zines 
[Pants That Don't Fit, Cryptic Slaughter, The Rain That Fell Last Night Made 
Me Fall In Love With You, Cometbus, and others). He spends an awful lot of 
time talking about computers and layout programs and things concerning 
big zines. like Ben is Dead or Factsheet Five which, honestly, don't concern 
the majority of zine editors. 

Overall, if you've published a zine you don't need Make a Zine! You 
either know the information already or have easy access to it. This book 
takes away from the whole DIY spirit of zines by dismissing all of the initiative 
and inventiveness that zine editors usually need. Zines are good, original, 
and creative because the writers have had to figure out everything on their 
own, and have had to improvise and create when necessary. 

As a zine writer myself, 1 found the constant references to Brent's 
own zine, as well as words like "ziner" and "ziney" annoying. There's nothing 
more boring than writers writing about writing. I admire that Brent's thinks 
zines are about passion, but his book doesn't have any zine spirit or passion. 
It's not written like a zine, it's written like an objective book for a mass 
audience trying to have personality. It is independently published (unlike 
Seth Friedman or Chip Rowe's books), but the good information could have 
been condensed and put out in a more accessible (and less pricey) zine format. 
The best advice given by Brent is buried deep in the book: look at 
other zines you like when decide how or if to produce your own, don't rely 
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[THE ABDUCTED - "Why Don't You Die" CD 
I This is decent. Very early SCREECHING WEASEL 
I like. Lots of w hoo-whooing and kind of poppy with a really fast 
Ithrashy number here and there. If this is your cup of tea, 
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- "Satanic Hardcore Blues" EP 
The dorky cover is mislead- 
ing for these strong, '80s punk 
tunes which kinda remind me of 
ARTICLES OF FAITH with 
Gary Floyd-ish vocals. The occa- 
sional SAMIAM-ish intros devel- 
op into rollicking, driving an- 
thems. Someone should kick their 
ass for not including lyrics on this 
killer EP.(HM) 
|(New Red Archives, PO Box 210501, San Francisco, CA 



I AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED/ 
ENEMY SOIL- split EP 

Two current powerhouses 
team up - you're probably aware 
of both already, and this isn't a 
I 'sell out and get wimpy' release, 
so I'll not try and think of all the 
ways to say 'brutal', 'raging' and 
all that Gotta mention how good 
it sounds - especially the 
AGORAPHOBIC side - full on 
1 guitar rush. Time for them to 
I crank out something longer! (TM) 
I (Bovine, PO Box 2134, Madison, WI 53701) 

| ALL/JUDGE NOTHING - split 45 

This is one ugly lookin' picture disc. ALL do a cover of 
♦Ruby", the KENNY RODGERS tune. They ALL-ify it, which 
lis nice, but I've heard better versions. Still I think ALL fans 
I will find this worthwhile. The JUDGE NOTHING side sounds 
I like they've been watching way too much MTV, it's that real 
I commercial type slick punk, one of those repetitious songs that 
I seems to go on forever. That said, it's well done, and the tune 
lis OK, but unless you really go for the commercial punk sound 
[you aren't going to like this. (MC) 
[(Thick Records, 916 N. Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622) 




ANAL CUNT - "88 Song" EP 

While it's almost a source of embarrassment how much 
I like their last couple of Earache releases, this is the part of 
their history I couldn't care less about. 88 songs, no lyrics, 
titles, and the liner notes even mention that most of them were 
improvisational. Plenty of people do great imp ro v stuff- talent 
seeming to be the common thread between them. (TM) 
(Fudgeworthy, 8 Stevin Dr, Woburn, MA 01801) 

ANTI - "The Hardcore Years 1980-84" CD 

This release carries all three of this band's early '80s I 
albums on one CD. ANTI sound like a cross between early 
EXPLOITED and early CIRCLE JERKS, which should al- 
ready be enough reason for them to start selling family 
heirlooms. Of course, ANTI was actually playing shows with 
these groups and others, so may be I should just say they sound 
like themselves. I do give a shit about Nicaragua, I like politics 
in music, and I highly recommend (Hey, it's your cash...) this 

*--"• \J V ) 

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ANTIQUES - "Girlfriendsong #2" EP 

Usually, I'm all for capturing a band as soon as they 1 
master power chords, or even before that, when the rush of 
actually being able to play something unlocks some pressing 
frustration and/or alienation and it all comes spilling out 
without the editing of technique. I just can't help but think 
these guys should have taken a little more time to hone these 
songs, because I can hear the good instincts but not the great 
tunes. Not lo-fi, just poorly recorded. Rock on. (RW) 
(Uncontrolled Records, PO Box 150206, Dallas, TX 75315- 1 
0206) 



ARTURO - "Isterico" EP 

I don't know why, but when 
I listen to this I keep thinking 
skaterock. This is 11 songs of | 
straight forward super fast Ital- 
ian punk that seems more cheery 
than dreary. They even throw in 
a IMPACT cover for good mea- 
sure. (RC) 

(Arturo, c/o Marco Prati, Str. 
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ASSHOLES - "Revenge Of The 
Kung-Fu Punks" EP 

Why do they hate the 
SEX PISTOLS so much? You 
guys would not be here playing 
your '77 style punk rock if it 
wasn't for Rotten and Jones. I 
actually like this single — very 
PISTOLS and WEIRDOS, actu- 
ally. (EC) 

(Valium Records, Via Pachiarot- 
ti 299/131, Rome 00139, ITALY) 



ASININE SOLUTION - "My 
Dad's A Goat" EP 

Insanely fast and tight spas- 
tic hardcore from Chippewa Falls, 
WI. No new ground broken just 7 
songs of retardo-core about hip- 
pies, flag burning, and the Amer- 
ican nightmare running rampant. 
(PB) 

(Beer City, PO Box 26035, Mil- 
waukee, WI 53226-0035) 



|THE AUTOMATICS/CONNIE DUNGS - split 10" 

Strategically titled "Fuck Youse Fuckerz!!", these kids 
[are obviously pandering to that impulse buyer. The 

AUTOMATICS deliver their standard Mutant Pop punky 
I three chord wonders, wisely leaving out a lyric sheet The 

CONNIE DUNGS don't deliver their usual fare of political 
I ditties, but dwell on personal development, badmouthing their 
I former roots. It seems like this product's big gimmick involves 
leach band covering one song from the other band, and it 
I surprisingly works, cuz those are the two best songs on this 
I slab. Pretty cool record for a bunch of squares. (HM) 

(Cool Guy Records, 10140 Gard Ave, Santa Fe Springs, CA 

90670) 



| BARBARA KECK - "Jackhammer" EP 

BARBARA KECK is a tight 4 piece from Sydney, Aus- 
tralia of fast quirky punk with some off-kiltered timing. This 

3 song EP blends a lot of the better qualities of NOME ANSNO, 

CHRIST ON A CRUTCH, and maybe a little early COWS 
Iweirdness. Buy now or cry tomorrow. (PB) 

($3 ppd: Matt Browning, 18723 N. 77th Ave, Glendale, AZ 

85308) 



BEACHBUGGY - "160 M.P.H." EP 

This is not bad, just forgettable. There are some obvious I 
FALL plagarisms, and the song "Midwest" has a bit of a 
groove, but it all feels tired and lackluster. BEACHBUGGY | 
should shed the played out race car motif on the sleeve as well. 
(BR) 
(Sympathy) 



BLUDGE/FTNAL EXIT - split EP 

BLUDGE from Sweden crank out 6 untitled songs of I 
speedy thrash. The vocals must have effects on them because I 
it sounds like the singer swallowed a trash can lid. FINAL EXIT 
from Japan keep the spirit of their country mates like 
CARCASS GRINDER, and GORE BEYOND NECROPSY 
rolling with an insane onslaught of grind and metal. It comes 
at you like a tidal wave of noise and won't let go. And just to 
keep things interesting they toss in little tidbits like the Mis- 
sion Impossible theme song, and a cover of the song "Pretty | 
Woman" by Roy Orbison. Amazing! (RC) 
(Alex Brandt, Potsdamer Str. 45, Ludwigsfelde 14974, GER- 1 
MANY) 



BLUE MEANIES/MU330 - split EP 

Starting with the BLUE MEANIES side: I'd have to say, I 
these guys are awesome! Every song I've ever heard from 
these guys has rocked, and this is no exception! Fast and thick 
ska-core that'll make you go "Stone Cold Crazy". MU330 
comes through with a cover of "Vacation" from the GO- 
GO'S. Now me, being a huge GO-GO'S fan, hates it when 
bands cover GO-GO'S songs badly (like USE YOUR HEAD). 
But, when it's done really good and almost to the point where 
you like the new version as much or better than the original, 
then they get a big thumbs up from me! Buy this for both | 
bands, but at least for MU330! (AT) 

(Asian ManRecords,PO Box 35585, Monte Sereno,CA 95030- 1 
5585) 



BOTCH - "The Unifying Themes Of Sex, Death, and Reli- 1 
gion" CD 

For your convenience here are all of the present BOTCH I 
recordings on one format. The live shows that these boys put 
on is incredible. The amps are up to eleven and they shake 
their moneymakers the whole time. Harsh vocals the singer 
probably feels for a few days, hectic and frenzied guitar work 
which still stays crisp and distinct. Nothing gets too fast but no 
dragging dirge either. The first four tracks are from one of my | 
favorite EPs of 1996. (TH) 
(Excursion, PO Box 20224, Seattle, WA 98102) 



I BARON AUTOMATIC - "Wayfunner" CD 

Twelve songs of fast melodic punk with a hint of ska that 
I reminds me a lot of the KANKERSORES, or the READY- 
I MEN, or even SHOTWELL (which I review later in this issue). 

This band is really great. They're like the WEEZER of punk 
I rock! Silly songs and lyrics, but the music is just so damn 
I catchy that you can' t help but like them. I'm sure you'll feel the 
I same if you can get your hands on it, which you definitely 
I should do. (AT) 

(Dummyup Inc, PO Box 642634, San Francisco, CA 94164) 



BOTTLE OF SMOKE - "A Wrench In The Monkey Works" 
CD 

CRAMPS style surf twang and bluesy riffing. 
TOM WAITS storytelling lyrics. Meandering rockabilly and I 
swing, with no picking fury or real solos. Like 
HORTON HEAT's recent slow, loungey stuff. I'd say they'd | 
be the perfect opening band for him but it's almost too similar. 
Don't hate it, but don't like it or need it (RY) 
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|BOY KICKS GIRL - "...Or Something Like That" CD 

With a band name like that and song titles like "Cuntam- 
I illation" I had a pretty good clue as to what I was sticking my 
I foot into with this one. It stinks of ugly sexism from the getgo. 
I Well, despite their bitter, derogatory lyrics, the music is a 
■decent mix of straight forward 1,2 punk and post punk. The 
I more experimental songs work better, and tend to be more 
I catchy, but it's really hard to get past their idiotic words. (BG) 
I (no address) 



IBOY SETS FIRE - 'The Day The Sun Went Out" CD 

A quick definition of "post hardcore": Music which 
I grows out of traditional hardcore but played slower and with 
I less frequent displays of power and more attention to song 
structure and sung vocals. BOY SETS FIRE is very post 
I hardcore but breaks from the pattern a bit by going with 
I political lyrics. However, the political nature is only clear after 
I reading the song explanations following the lyrics. Lots of 
I passion filled singing throughout that really turns my stom- 
ach. (TH) 
(Initial, PO Box 17131, Louisville, KY 40217) 



BROOKLYN STEAMER - "Rock And Roil Part 3" CD 

A well executed REVEREND HORTON HEAT western I 
instrumental-ish tune kicks off the CD. The "Hey Suburbia' 
guitar lead finds itself into two different songs, and "Rock and I 
Roll Part DT' sounds like "The Great Rock and Roll Swin- 
dle"! BS has a good ear for melodies, because I could go on 
describing a veritable potpourri of familiar tunes. The insert 
provides some insight to their concept of "RNR Part HI", but 
unfortunately nothing about parts I & H or lyrical highlights 
for us remedial punks. I can't tell how much of this is a joke, 
but the tunes are catchy enough. (HM) 
(Beaten King Records, 191 Nashua St, Providence, RI 02904) 



BRUCE - "The Vaticano Trail" CD 

I wonder which "Bruce" this band owes thanks for their I 
name. There's no one in the band named Bruce. Just some 
Belgian guys with aspirations toward learning the English 
language. Unfortunately, they use what they know to write 
lyrics full of dumb sexist and racist jokes, the latter being more 
offensive to me. Musically, not great either, kind of all over the 
place. Hard to describe, pop-punk at times, but with strange 
wah-wah pedal intrusions. Pretty lousy. (RY) 
(Bold Records, Diestsesteenweg 390, 3202 Aarschot, BEL- 
GIUM) 



IBRANDELLI D'ODIO - "Fotografie Di Stragi" EP 

Italian hardcore with a political statement The record- 
I ing sounds extremely hollow, and weird, so I am having a hard 
I time with this one. This is hardcore more on the grind side, 
I with a bit of experimental guitars flowing through it. Not bad, 
I but not the most amazing thing either. (LU) 

(Old School Records, c/o M. Leonardi, CP 7 Centro, 01 100 

Viterbo, ITALY) 



THE CAMPUS TRAMPS - "Rock O^ Clock" EP 

THE CAMPUS TRAMPS are a fine, straightforward, 
punk rock *n' roll band. But on a strictly personal level, they 
seem to lack some ineffable ingredient X that keeps me from 
going bonkers about them the way others do. Fans will enjoy 
this EP, but it didn't convert me. (DD) 
(Wallabies Records, 2-15-1, 9F Fujimi Chuoh-Ku, Chiba 260, 
JAPAN) 



I BREZHNEV - "Steak Canadian" EP 

This is very manly hardcore from Amsterdam. The 
■singer sounds like he has what I like to refer to as "The Rage 
I of The Clenched Anus" working for him. If THE MENTORS 
I didn't write songs about sex, they'd probably sound like this. 
I You know, boring. Also featuring the very worst RAMONES 
I cover ever to assault my tender ears. Not technically bad, some 
I may even enjoy this, but I think this disk would ruin any party. 
|(JN) JF ' 

|(VitaminepilIen Records, Burg.Loysonstr 27, 6373 PB 
iLandgraaf, HOLLAND) 



BREZHNEV - "Rocket To Amer- 
ica" EP 

This record is a complete 
and utter waste of vinyl. This is 
the kind of crap that the industry 
is trying to market as "alterna- 
tive". Bands like BREZHNEV are 
the reason there is such renewed 
interest in streetpunk- to crush 
this weak pop shit under the boot! 
(BR) 
(Vitaminepillen,Reimanstr21,D- 




152070 Aachen, GERMANY) 



CARPETTES - "The Early Years" CD 

A collection of this '77 UK band's first two singles and I 
some BBC tracks. This is better than their LPs actually. Less 
mature sounding and less produced. Although certainly not 
legendary compared to the DAMNED or VIBRATORS, this 
is a very strong release from a band that slipped as they went 
on.(RL) 

(Overground Records, PO Box 1NW, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 
NE99 1NW, England) 



CHEATIN' HUSSffiS - "I Don't 
Want To Talk To You" EP 

Four adenoidal teenagers 
armed with five bar chords foist 
a record on the listening public. 
The kind of band a high-school 
chess club would form to enter a 
talent contest - two of them wear 
glasses and all four are posed 
with unlit cigarettes on the back 
cover. Musically, what you're in 
for is what we used to refer to as 
"thrash" with some kind of Nutty Professor vocals thrown 
over the top. With song titles like "I Want You" and "Still 
Goin' Out" - 1 like it, in case you can't tell otherwise. A band 
that would probably save whatever lousy shows they're stuck 
playing. (JH) 
(Rock Action, PO Box 3401, Kent, OH 44240) 




mm RENEWS 



I CHEIFS - "Holly west Crisis" CD 

The hands down winner of 1980 re-issues. Mostly re- 
I leased, although rare, stuff that plays like one great punk rock 
I LP. Southern California punk rock that is up there with the 
I classics from that era. Reminds me of very early DESCEN- 

DENTS. A must! (RL) 

(Flipside) 



CHOPPER - "Did You Hear That?" CD 

Finally Crackle! goes CD. A comp of everything that I 
CHOPPER has put out to date. Or at least until early '97. 
Once again and again, top notch pop punk from the UK with I 
speed and tunes. Let's hope a SKIMMER disc is in the making 
too. Totally great. (RL) 
(Crackle Records, PO Box HP 49, Leeds, LS6 4XL, England) I 




CHINEAPPLE PUNX / URKO - 
split EP 

URKO has a thundering 
style of hardcore similar to CAP- 
ITALIST CASUALTIES, except 
they are just a hair slower. 
CHINEAPPLE PUNX have a 
great old school style similar to 
the SUBHUMANS. I especially 
liked their lyrics to the song 
"Braindead". It's a great slam on 
nazi skins. A damn fine record. 

|(RC) 

(Inflammable Material, PO Box 2544, London NW6 3DF, UK) 



I CIRCLE ONE - "Are You Afraid?" CD 

The thing that makes me jealous of a label like GTA is 
I that they're able to archive some of the most crucial bands and 
I moments in punk/hardcore's short history. CIRCLE ONE 
I was never a band that I was that into. The only song I can recall 

by heart is "Red Machine" from the 2nd "Eastern Front" 
I comp LP. Nonetheless, I did know that, just like Jeff Ott has 
jbeen known for in recent years, CIRCLE ONE'S singer John 
[Marias, was an outspoken crusader against police brutality, 
I racism, and capitalism, a supporter of getting drugged up 

runaways off of the streets, and a part time preacher of the 

gospel of Christ. It's obvious to see where the rift would be 

between CIRCLE ONE and the rest of the L.A. scene. Unfor- 
I tunately, John was shot down dead by the Santa Monica Police 
IDept. in 1991 after he tossed a guy off the pier because he tried 
I to break up a surly preaching session. This CD contains their 
["Patterns Of Force" LP, 2 full-on raging demo sessions, some 
louttake, rehearsal, and comp tracks, and a 1991 interview. 
I Plus great packaging, lyrics, photos, flyers, and a brief history 

of the band. (PB) 

(Grand Theft Audio, 501 W. Glenoaks Blvd #313, Glendale, 

CA 91202) 



THE CLIT COPS - "Come To 
Daddy" EP 

Thrashy , upbeat, hardcore 
rock and roll from Berlin. Silly 
lyrics about getting hit by a gar- 
bage truck, etc. Fun music, if you 
can get past the offensive cover 
art. (TB) 

(Intensive Scare Records, PO Box 
142, New York, NY 10002) 



COLLATERAL DAMAGE - "Let Me Be Broken" EP 

New Age records newest release is another consistent I 
dose of hardcore with a bit of metal guitar thrown in for good 
measure. The typical angry growling vocals and and screamed 
choruses on each song. The best track on this slab was "Ad- 
minister Control", the B side that seemed to best exemplify the | 
bands polished sound. Good release, but a bit too predictable. 
(CW) 
(New Age, PO Box 5213, Huntington Beach, CA 92615) 



CONNIE DUNGS - CD 

After some excellent 7"s , I was excited to see this CD in I 
my box. Well kids, I may never play those 7"s again, because 
the CONNIE DUNGS CD blows them away! Fuck, I may 
never take this CD off. Midwest style leather jacket style punk, 
deliyered with an "aw fuck it" optimism that makes you want 
to dance til you can't dance no more. More power than a 
handful of crust releases, and probably more true street than 
90% of the shit that senor Roehrs writes about. This CD is a I 
must have. (JF) 
(Mutant Pop, 5010 NW Shasta, CorvaUis, OR 97330) 



CROCODILE GOD - "Ladders" EP 

This record was warped, and it made me a little seasick. 
Good thing I do these reviews about five feet from a toilet, 
which is actually good for many reasons. CROCODILE GOD I 
sounds like an English version of a Canadian band called 
THICKER. THICKER sounds like a cross between THE 
SMUGGLERS and SCREECHING etc. CROCODDLE GOD 
is generous enough to throw in a little CUB. Like I said, I'm | 
about five feet away. (JV) 
(Crackle Records, PO Box HP49, Leeds, LS6 4XL, UK) 



CURBSIDE - "Mouthful!" EP 

Colored vinyl! It's yellow | 
with green, red, and brown spots. 
CURBSIDE previews what the 
punk™ scene might (should) look 
like in a couple of years, which 
means mainly more integrated. 
More ethnicities equals more 
points of view equals understand- 
ing equals unity equals change. 
This sounds a little like BLACK 
FLAG with some funk™© breaks ' 

thrown in. Don't forget, nothing brightens a meaningless | 
moment like colored vinyl! (JV) 
(Mass Productions, BP 287, 35005 Rennes Cedex, Breizh, I 
FRANCE) 




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[DAGOBAH - "Good Rockin' 
Tonight!" EP 

This band reminds me of a 
Chapel Hill band with a UK twist 
I don't know why, cause they 
don'tsoundlikeSUPERCHUNK 
or anything. It's more in the feel- 
ing I get from more complex pop 
songs with a little distortion. 
DAGOBAH write good songs, but 
have a real dumb name. ( JF) 
(Crackle Records, PO BoxHP49, 



IDEADLY TOYS - "Oddball" CD 

Good French melodic midtempo punk rock. The vocals 
I are sung in English. The cover of the KINKS "Sunny After- 
Inoon" was pretty cool. (MM) 
[(Sideline Records, 9 Rue Childebert, 69002 Lyon, FRANCE) 



IDEATHSIDE - "Life Is A Chain Of Games" LP 

Too bad I am an atheist, because if I wasn't I would be on 
I my knees right now praying to the record gods for bestowing 
I this grand release upon me. This is a gathering of various tracks 
I that DEATHSIDE has had on different compilations over the 
I years. I guess a description of this band is kind of like the old 
■ saying "if you have to ask how much, than you can't afford it" 
[Except in this case the saying would be "if you have to ask what 
I this band sounds tike, then you don't deserve it" Sorry kids, this 

record is strictly for professional use only. (RC) 

(DSFC Records, no address) 



DIRTY BIRD - "Their Thoughts Are Dancing With The 
|Sugar Holes" CD 

Fast, metallic, crunch punk from Toronto played with 
I the speed and metalness of the DAYGLO ABORTIONS and 
Ithe clumsy sense of humor of the first SCREECHING WEA- 
ISEL LP. 100% DIY down to the hand screened eco-friendly 
I cardboard digipack CD case thing. (PB) 
(US$8/CAN$9 ppd: Dirty Bird, 2/641 A Danforth Ave, Toron- 
to, ON, M4K 1R2, CANADA) 



IDODGEBALL - "Hooray For Everything" CD 

I was really into this band's 7". This San Diego combo 
I pretty much sounds like TILT only better. They seem a little 
Ipunchy-er with a few more chops. Gal singer with a strong 
I voice and no backing vocals. Not quite as solid as their EP but 
Istill some cool stuff here. (RL) 
(Goldenrod Records, PO Box 81164, San Diego, CA 92138) 



| THE DREAD/ANTI-FLAG - split LP 

THE DREAD here sound just like the usual DREAD, fast 
land serious pit punk, except this disc sounds fatter and more 
I powerful all around. Consistently good, if it weren't for a horrible 
I cover of "Uncontrollable Urge," complete with tuneless backup 
I vocals - absolutely unbearable. Skip that one. ANTI-FLAG's side 
lis all live, all energy. Fast and slow, not monotonous, and two 
I decent covers. They sure do a lot of guitar noodlin' for a punk 
■band. All in all, a solid collection of moshable punk. Oh, by the 
I way, it's a picture disc of a huge Betty Page devil woman with 
I giant boobs. She should have a mohawk, though. (GS) 
(Clearview Records, 2157 Pueblo Dr, Garland, TX 75040) 




DWARF BITCH - "Poison 
Gas"EP 

This is a big friggin' mess of 
OTTAWA, SCHLONG, and AN- 
TISCHISM smashed into a tow- 
ering tank of sound, rolling from 
one of your ears to the other. 
Mine came with an authentic 
photo of Fast Eddie Fuckbox cut- 
ting loose with friends. (PB) 
(Very Small, PO Box 85534, Las 
Vegas, NV 89185) 



DYNAMITE BOY - "Hell Is Other People" CD 

Upbeat power-poppy punk rock from Austin, Texas. 
Catchy hooks and singalong "woah-woah" choruses, tight, 
upfront production and Billy- Joe vocals help this one stand 
out. Pretty cool, but don ' t stick around for the hidden "bonus" 
tracks - they include a GUNS 'N' ROSES cover... (AM) 
(Offtime Records, PO Box 220763, El Paso, TX 79913) 



ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN/ 
THE HELACOPTERS - split EP 
Oh jeeezusss!!!! Another 
record that is too fucking hard to 
review!!!!!! I am a loyal fan of 
ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN 
so it's not fair for me to review 
this for in my eyes they can do no 
wrong!!!!! They fucking rock so 
much harder than most of those 
other pussy-assed motherfucking 
bands these days, it's not even 
funny!!!! The flip side to this EP is not a disappointment! 
either!!!!! THE HELLACOPTERS smoke!!!!! Straight up 
hard rock n roll that'll get even your great grandfather's cock 
up and screwing your kid sister!!!!! Holly shit and they're I 
Swedish to boot!!!! Well, what do you know!!!!! Fer fans of I 
hard rocking only!!!! This record not only gets my two thumbs [ 
up but it also gets my dick up too!!!!! (SW) 
(Intensive Scare, PO Box 142, New York, NY 10002-0142) 



EX CATHEDRA - "Karma Cha- 
meleon" EP 

Side A features an unfortu- 
nate cover of that annoying CUL- 
TURE CLUB song. Sorry folks, I 
was with you all the way until 
that! Flip it over and you get 
"Shepherd's Herd," one of their 
best punk/SLF songs yet, and | 
"Go," another fast, punked up 
number, this time with rolling 
basslines and the addition of a 

saxophone. This band are great, so you should get this ep and | 
drag a nail across the A-side. (AM) 
(Damaged Goods, no address) 





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EX MEMBERS OF/WARD- 
ANCE ORANGE - split EP 

EX MEMBERS OF con- 
tribute two wimpy tracks of me- 
lodic hardcore with vague intro- 
spective lyrics. The WARDANCE 
ORANGE side fares a little better. 
Their two tracks have a raw, sort 
of early STICKS AND STONES 
punk sound to it Pretty good. 
(CW) 
(Standfast Records, PO Box 973, 




I EXCRUCIATING TERROR/AGATHOCLES - split EP 

Talk about a nut buster! EXCRUCIATING TERROR 

I set fire with four tracks of mid tempo grindcore. In all honesty 

II don't think this lives up to the ferocious power of their full 
I length. The vocals seemed to waver a bit, but it is still a 
I destroyer. Belgium's AGATHOCLES are a tad faster, and are 
I falling into the death metal tip. Especially with the extra- 
Icurricular guitar wankin' and those painful growls at the end 
I of each track. (RC) 

I (Theologian Records, PO Box 1070, Hermosa Beach, CA 
90254) 



EXTREME SMOKE - "Musical 
Catastrophe" EP 

This is definitely a catas- 
trophe! Rapid-fire 300bpm drum 
machine rhythms under ultra dis- 
torted EXTREME NOISE TER- 
ROR music. Like SORE 
THROAT or 7 MINUTES OF 
NAUSEA crossed with MINIS- 
TRY. For fans of ultrafastcore 
only. (AM) 

(Musical Destruction, c/o Borut 
I Jakin, Cankarjeva 48, 5000 Nova Gorica, SLOVENIA) 



IF.Y.M. - "Free Your Mind" EP 

This 6 song record is fast melodic skatepunk which 
I brought to mind a less slick NO FX. A good EP worth checking 
lout. Comes with a 20 page booklet and patches. (MM) 
I ($5 ppd: Sub Profit Records, PO Box 34029, Scotia Square 
RPO, Halifax, NS, B3J 3S1, CANADA) 



FABSI & DER PEANUTSCLUB - "It Doch Alles Peanuts!" 
I CD 

Oh lord! Forgive me if I'm at a loss for words here... 
I German nausea-core? Rancid bratwurst? Possibly the worst 
I thing I've ever reviewed? I know I'll get hate mail on this one 
I if I don't say something descriptive... OK, some parts were just 
I really generic punk rock, and some were... theatrical? It just 
I was really weird and sucky, you'll never hear it anyway, what 
I do you care? (RY) 

(Weser Label, Postfach 150 231, 28092 Bremen, GERMANY) 



I FACET - "Playing Second" CD 

Some would say sucking is punk. I say sucking means you 
Isuck. Guess what? Pop punk FACET suck. (JF) 
(Dill Records) 



FECES PIECES - CD 

Really now, why me? This is not a bad recording, but 
there isn't too much originality to it. In this I hear hints of 
MADBALL, SHEER TERROR, SEPULTURA, and BIO- 
HAZARD. Definitely more on the mainstream side, i do not 
know why we got this for review. It didn't hit me too hard, and 
I would expect to see this cd at CMJ Fest rather than the 
MRnR review pile. (LU) 

(Curve Of The Earth Records, 1312 Boylston St., Boston, MA 
02215) 



FINAL EXIT/GONKULATOR - split EP 

Oh, dear Satan, spare me when I call to thee that 
GONKULATOR proves anyone can get on vinyl. I've tried on 
earlier releases to understand the "GONK" just cuz they're 
black metal and all, but upside down crosses don't write the 
music, people do. Though, I do think their band photo will go 
up on my wall. FINAL EXIT on the other hand are one of the 
most original noise/grind bands on the face of this pathetic 
earth. Hailing from Japan, they go from happy-go-lucky 
acoustic parts to total head erupting noise, and everything in 
between. (MW) 

(Fudgeworthy Records, 8 Stevin Dr, Woburn, MA 01801- 
5366) 



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FIVE DRIVER - "Uncle Sam 
Ain't No Uncle Of Mine" EP 

A two song release of anti- 
patriotism pop punk from Penn- 
sylvania. With melodies a plenty, 
FIVE DRTVERsoundssimilarto 
SCREECHING WEASEL and 
other bands of that genre of punk. 
If you like those kinds bands, you 
will probably like this, because 
it's good and sounds just like 
them. (HD) 
(G.F.Y. Records, PO Box 598, Clifton, NJ 07012) 



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THE FLIESWATTERS - "It's 
Bill's Fault" EP 

Davis Cal.'s own golfing an- 
archo-punks (?). Sloppy and 
grinding, the FLffiSWATTERS 
must really rip some new assh- 
oles for those collegiate types up 
in Murder Burger town, although 
all the little white kids in small 
town America are going apeshit 
for punk nowadays. Good enough 
to satisfy that void, if not real 
special to me. Just can't warm up 
to that crusty, thrashy, grindcore sound, sorry. (RY) 
(Hot Spit Records, 750 M Street, Davis, CA 95616) 



FRAMENTI - "L' Appeso" 10" 

Three years late with this poppy stuff, but even if they I 
were right on time it still leaves something to be desired. This 
is not complete shit by any means, it's just not hooky or hard 
enough to inspire me. I wish the distorted broads on the back 
cover were in the band. (TJ) 

(Fork Boys, Pietro Cardona, Casalis 27, 10143 Torino, ITA- 
LY) 



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FOUR - "At the Show" EP 

The front cover makes you 
think that this might suck ass, but 
you'd be mistaken, compadre. 
Powerful, competent, and excit- 
ing. The same spirit that made a 
lot of those old pop punk bands 
good. More punk, less pop-crap. I 
might cite some old Lookout 
bands as examples, but I won't. 
My only complaint is that they 
• should lose that fucking ska gui- 
Itar bullshit on "At The Show", but otherwise, this is aces. (JN) 

(Illumination Records, PO Box 700194, San Jose, CA 95170- 

0194) 



IFOUR ROSE SOCIETY - "Blueprints To Destroy The 
lUniverse" CD 

This hardcore band from Louisville, Kentucky reminds 
I me of a now defunct band from that town; ENDPOINT. As 
I with ENDPOINT the music is a step more complicated then a 
Hot of hardcore and the vocals are sung with a slight nasally 

I whine. Some good topics are tackled in the lyrics, though 

I I would have preferred a seven inch to an 18 track CD. (TH) 
I ( Whitehouse Records, 830 Baylor Wissman Rd, Lanesville, IN 
147136) 



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THE FRANTICS - "Downtown 
Delirium" EP 

Yow. These guys fucking 
come out of the gates with a full- 
on attack of the senses - totally 
catchy, mid- to faster-paced punk 
rock with grinding guitars, a 
steady beat and vocals that bring 
a sense of urgency to the situa- 
tion. Well played and well pro- 
duced without at all sounding 
I polished or prefabricated. It's great to hear a band that sounds 
Hike they mean it This is punk rock. Do not miss it. (KK) 
(Mutant Pop Records, 5010 NW Shasta, Corvallis, OR 97330) 



GEHENNA/CATHARSIS - split LP 

Well, first off, GEHENNA is not high on my list Of cool I 
people due to the whole incident in Reno, NV a few weeks 
back. Mike Cheese stabbed a couple of kids, (one really badly) 
and I think that is exactly what hardcore is not about. Mike 
totally reacted in a juvenile and extreme manner, and as an 
individual in a popular hardcore band should set an example 
for these young kids, especially because he is older and has 
been around for a long time. Grow up already. I know for a 
fact that the kids had no weapons, and were not even involved 
in any type of conflict with Mike. But this is a record review, 
not an editorial, so here I go. I wish the GEHENNA side of this 
record sucks so I could slam it to the pavement, but in all 
truthfulness it is pretty good. Deep, heavy, and severe in true 
GEHENNA fashion. It is a live recording of a show at CB- 
GB's. And on the flip side, CATHARSIS is one talented band 
who kick my ass, so I will devote a few lines to them. Their side 
is intense. Brutal. Chaotic. Severe. Fast, aggressive grinding, 
hardcore. The vocals are intense as all fuck. Check out the 2nd I 
song and be prepared to freak out. Holy crap. (LU) 
(Wicked Witch Records, PO Box 3835, 1001 AP Amsterdam, I 
HOLLAND) 



GLUCIFIER/HELLACOPTERS - "Respect The Rock" 10" 

Split EP from two bands who worship at the altar of Mrs. I 
Iggy Stooge/Ashton/Dennis Tek/Sonic Smith et al. Though in 
spirit I would definitely put them in a post UNION CARBIDE 
PRODUCTIONS (not just because they're Swedish 
either) category, which means these guys take the old shit and 
take it over the top. What can I say? This stuff still rocks my 
world, all fucked up speed-induced swagger and monolithic 
guitars as cliched as it may be. That said, GLUCIFER has a 
high AC/DC quotient which here is not a bad thing and seem 
to do the IG persona better. HELLACOPTER seems more 
"hard rock" to me and though the tunes are good, seem to have 
a higher BLACK SABBATH quotient, which is a bad thing. 
Therefore here, GLUCIFER hits the spot while the HELLA- 
COPTERS sorta do it. (JY) 
(White Jazz, PO Box 2140, 10314 Stockholm, SWEDEN) 



FRO WNIES - "Amateur Dramatics For Professional Losers" 
I CD 

Hey, the FROWNIES sure sound a lot like WESTON. 
|But while I like WESTON, I believe the FROWNIES may do 

WESTON better than WESTON. While hardly original, the 

FROWNIES have done good. (JF) 

(Farewell Records, PO Box 1885, Columbia, SC 29202) 



|THE GRISWALDS/THE KENMORES - split EP 

THE GRISWALDS give 5 new tracks of smarmy punk 
I with a New Wave, BUZZCOCKS meets the RAMONES sound. 
I THE KENMORES play an extremely wimpy, underproduced 
I pop punk complete with those introspective cry baby lyrics. 
lEven so, this seven inch is still worth it for THE 

GRISWALDS tracks alone. (CW) 

(Household Name, PO Box 12286, London SW9 6FE, UK) 



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GODLESS WICKED CREEPS - 
"China Chick" EP 

GODLESS WICKED 
CREEPS are one of the best psy- 
chobilly bands around. These 
Danes had a strong LP a while 
back called "Hellcoholic" that 
was brilliant, even including ban- 
jo and mandolin on a traditional 
FLATT + SCRUGGS type of I 
number. This EP continues their I 
quality output. On "Pissed 
Again" the band gets completely wound up! Flip the record I 
over and "Vamps" will rock your world! Get this record! (BR) 
(Cyberlabel, 202 Shiely Mezon, 3-38-35 Osu, Naka-Ku, Nagoya 
460, JAPAN) 



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I (Cyber Label, JAPAN) 



GREAT INVADERS - "Henshin 
Cyborg" EP 

OK, let me try to explain 
this. Full color cover with three 
guys with 10 foot mohawks dyed 
red, playing ultra-metal crossover 
hardcore. I believe the bassist uses 
a stand-up bass. I have no idea 
what's going on here but I love it 
With song titles like "Zombie 
Rock" and "Cobra Twist," you 
know you got a classic waiting to 
80s crossover take special notice. 



HEALTH HAZARD - "Discography" LP 

Slammed all on one slab of vinyl, here is everything by 
this British crust core band that lived from '92- '94. Bred from 
their hate for the evil automobile, they assault you with the 
facts and figures of pain inflicted by the opulent individuals 
brainwashed by societies to drive. This is so good, I felt guilty 
when I started my V8. (TJ) 
(Flat Earth, PO Box 169, Bradford, BD7 1 YS, UK) 



HEB FRUEMAN - "The Debutape" EP 

Fast and generic skate-rock with distorted vocals like the 
BEASTffi BOYS have been trying to milk for a few years. So now, 
not only is there that band DEAD FUCKING LAST emulating 
this, but now we have HEB FRUEMAN. Good god. (PB) 
(Pakalolo Records, 18 Bis Rue du CIos d'en Haut, 78700 
Conflans Ste Honorine, FRANCE) 



|GROOVIE GHOULIES - "Re- Animation Festival" LP 

The GHOULffiS seem a tad less groovy than in past 
I efforts; their RAMONES-ish sound remains intact, and so is 
I their feel for songs with real hooks and their monster-show 
I lyrics. The production is clear and concise, and the record's 
I even pressed on nifty swirly orange vinyl. The problem is that 
I the band seems just plain tired; even the fast tempos seem a 
I little laconic, though fans of the band will find foot-tappable 
I tuneage here. No standout tunes, but "Maze Effect" has a nice 
I sound. Average. (SS) 
I (Lookout! Records) 



HELLTONES - "Agent Of Dark- 
ness" EP 

Alabama band does some 
crunchy chord damage that 
comes off like some of the early 
Sub Pop-type stuff like the FLU- 
ID or BIG NURSE. The guitars 
push everything else around and 
the band does the group-shout in 
order to be heard. Fails to kick 
my ass. Bar rock. (RW) 
(POBox851401,Mobile,AL36685) 




IGROOVIE GHOULIES - "Graveyard Girlfriend" EP 

Just in time fer Halloween I guess okay, I'll try to be 

I nice here..... the GROOVIE GHOULIES are a pop band that 
I the whole family can enjoy. — even the grandparents ! ! ! ! ! Very 
jnice, very innocent.... no rough edges at all.... not something 

I you would really want to put on while fucking but I will 

I have to say that the one and only original on this 3 song EP 

I (that being the title cut) is actually quite good and catchy...... 

II normally don't go for the JOHNNY RAMONE guitar sound 
I but I'll let this one pass.... (SW) 

I (Lookout Records) 



HEALTH HAZARD/SAWN - 
OFF - split EP 

The last recorded tracks of 

the mighty HEALTH HAZARD 

finally get to vinyl. Recorded in 

94 these tracks keep up with the 

rest of their material. Total ass 

ripping political thrash. If ya 

haven't heard em, this is your last 

chance, so don't blow it! 

SAWN OFF speed things up a bit 

more on their side. Blast beats 

| galore are mixed in with pissed off lyrics about how fucked our 

I world is. This EP is a fucking must get. (MW) 

I (Smack In The Mouth, PO Box ITA, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 

NE99 ITA, ENGLAND) 




HOIST A FEW - "No Serious Shit" CD 

By "Hoist A Few", I assume they mean, "Beers". Just a | 
wild guess, nothing to do with son titles like: "Screw Sober- 
sides" and, "Drink, Drink, And Drink Again". Mohawk punk I 
from SWEDEN. Raging, a word I rarely use, comes to mind. 
Alchohol-soaked, destructive, mid tempo hardcore sound, 
growling vocals. When you're hanging out with these guys,| 
anyplace is a good place for a pitfest, I'm sure. (RY) 
(Finnrecords, Norrgatan 43, 703 56 Orebro, SWEDEN) 

HONKUS B - "Alternative To What?" EP 

Six songs of annoying fast paced punk that reminds me I 
a lot of the CIRCLE JERKS. Not that that's bad. I mean 
really, these guys are punk as fuck! Fast hard, loud, and in 
your face. Just how I like it! Truly 100% punk! (AT) 
($3 ppd: 100% Punk, 825 Miracle Strip Pkwy #1, Ft Walton 
Beach, FL 32549) 



HUMAN BEANS/THE BAR 
FEEDERS- split EP 

THE BAR FEEDERS play 
straightforward thrash style punk 
with tons o' guitar and lightning 
fast vocals that alternate between 
yelling,screamingandspeakingand 
are not unlike Ian MacKaye's at 
times, HUMAN BEANS kick ass 
with passionately played, faster 
paced punk rock that also has a 
heavy thrash influence but can't 

really bedescribed as thrash. Greatwhiny, screaming vocals. (KK) | 
(Probe Records, PO Box 5068, Pleasanton, CA 94566) 




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IIGGY AND THE STOOGES - "California Bleeding" LP 

This LP is an excellent companion to the Revenge Records 
[STOOGES bootlegs but with better sound and all the material 
■has never been released before. Iggy rips it and himself up in 
I the process of great rock and roll at the Whiskey in '73 and 
I Bimbos in '74. Includes great versions of "Search And De- 
I stroy", "Open Up And Bleed" and "Johanna". CD version has 
I extra tracks. (MM) 
(Bomp Records, PO Box 7112, Burbank, CA 91505) 



IGNORANCE PARK - "Picket 
My Ass" EP 

Guitar solos and a quick 
tempo. This is just flying right by, 
and there are so many vocals it 
seems like there's about five peo- 
ple singing all the time. Pretty 
entertaining. I know I heard a 
harmonica in all that madness. 
<HD) 

(Epilaph, 7010 Whispering Oaks, 
Austin, TX 78745) 



|ILL REPUTE - "Positive Charged" CD 

So forgive me my ignorance, but I was out of the loop on 
I the Nardcore when it happened. Something about being on the 
I East Coast then or something. My loss - this is still top quality 
las generic hardcore goes • snotty, short and plenty of attitude. 
I A total of 43 song spanning the 1982 to 1985 years • even two 
I versions of "Clean Cut American Kid". Awesome stuff - has 
[stood the test of time well. (TM) 

(Grand Theft Audio, 501 W Glenoaks Blvd #313, 

Glendale, CA 91202) 



llMPALER - "Undead Things" CD 

Hesher horror movie freaks IMPALER play mid-tempo 
[punk/metal '80s style. Not gothic or speed metal like I feared 
| from their appearance, but influenced by LORDS OF 

THE NEW CHURCH, DAMNED, ALICE COOPER etc. 
[Samplings of Vincent Price, song titles: "Tall Dark And 
| Gruesome", "Dying to Meet You"... the whole bit. Not the 
| worst thing I've ever had to listen to, actually, but pretty 
[unimpressive in general. (RY) 

(Vlad Productions, 1252B Dunberry Ln, Eagan, MN 55123) 



| THE INFECTIONS - "Kill..." LP 

They thought I was crazy, but now they'll see! This 
I platter delivers in spades. All the nattering nabobs of negativ- 
ity have some crow to eat "Don't you think it sounds like 

DEAD BOYS Lite?" asked Tim Yo. No, I don't fucking think 
[it does and get the cum out of your ear for Chrissake. This 
| makes the DEAD BOYS sound like the chopped liver they for 
[the most part were (and, for that matter, has much more in 
[common sonically with the "Murder Punk" comps). Don't get 
| me wrong, I'd love to hold a rank (drive a Sherman tank) in the 
[Greg Lowery/Rip Off backlash army, but this record is a 
[classic for the ages, and that's that (DD) 

(Rip Off Records, 581 Maple Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066) 



INK & DAGGER - "The Road To Hell" CD 

Brutal newschool HC. This sounds fucking great! Kind I 
of thrash THREADB ARE-ish. They dress in full corpse paint 
and robes to boot Because of their ghoulish attire and sound 
a loose comparison to the MISFITS cross over years can't be | 
avoided. (TJ) 
(Initial Records, PO Box 17131, Louisville, KY 40217) 



INR AGE - "Social Disease" CD 

This is well done posicore in the vein of 591 
TIMES THE PAIN from Sweden. If you like well recorded 
fast hardcore with lyrics about unity, feeling insecure, and | 
showing your emotions, then check it out (RC) 
(Poisoned Youth Records, Vincent Van Goghstraat, 28, 2162 1 
CJ Lisse, HOLLAND) 



IVICH/E-150- split EP 

IVICH has played a quiet yet important role in defining I 
the sound of '90s European modern hardcore, recorded in '95 
this stuff still seems quite relevent IVICH were one of the 
more relevent French hardcore bands of the '90s that has 
helped to breath life into what had otherwise been a stagnant 
French hardcore community. The attack on this recording is 
straightforward — solid songs with massive guitars and bril- 
liant dischordant guitar playing at unrelenting speed. Hailing 
from Barcelona, Spain, E-150 play beautifully tight extreme 
noise hardcore, fast and furious concise songs that are broken 
up with ambient techno dance noise. Excellent production for | 
both sides. They're effort is well worth your time. (MK) 
(Stonehenge c/o Christophe Mora, 21 Rue Des Brosses, 78200 1 
Magnanville, FRANCE) 



JACK KILLED JILL - "In Stereo" CD 

Another good punk release by this band. The lead singer I 
sounds like she's exaggerating her accent in her vocals but for 
all I know she really could be English. And after a few songs 
her snotty vocal style grew on me. The music is pop punk at 
times but not as extreme as GREEN DAY. Good production | 
also makes this worth a spin. (MS) 
(NewRed Archives,PO Box 210501, San Francisco, CA 94121) I 



JOHN COUGAR CONCEN- 
TRATION CAMP/CIGARETT- 
MAN - split EP 

TheJCCCsideishardrock- 
ish, including a MOTORHEAD 
cover - nothing special. CIGA- 
RETTMAN are one of the best 
Japanese bands, and their songs 
here deliver as always. Hiroaki's 
song is solid pop-punk. Chika- 
ko's song may be the band's best I 
yet! It's very catchy and melodic, ' 
very original and her vocals are super. I got a copy of this last I 
week and just keep playing it over and over. (MC) 
($3.50 ppd: Liquid Meat PO Box 460692, Escondido, CA I 
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I thought this was a re-issue until the song about Tim 

I McVeigh. Sounds like an '80s band with a '70s feel. Adds up 

I to some good power pop with lots of intricate guitar work. 

I Bonus tracks feature the Alan K demo with drum machine, 
keyboards and something SPRINGSTEENesque. (TB) 
(AOK Recordings c/o Kevin K, Suite 108, 9061 U.S. 19 N, 
Pinellas Park, FL 33782) 



I KOSHER - "The Truth Hurts" CD 

Strait forward fast music with vocals that are just 
Iscreamed instead of actually sung. (Not that screaming your 
I lyrics is necessarily a bad thing.) Some of KOSHER'S songs 
■have a ska sounding beginning, and I really don't know what 
■that's all about because the rest of their music doesn't sound 
I ska at all. In fact, it's pretty darn simple — just fast and 
I melodic. Nothing new or special, but nothing bad either. (HD) 
(Kosher Records, 35 NW 350, Warrensburg, MO 64093) 



KUCKSUCKERS - "Drive-In 
Classics" EP 

This one reminds me of 
THE DWARVES when they went 
by the name BLAG DAHLIA. 
Post-hardcore mayhem leaning 
toward a garage sound, but not 
giving up on the punk thing. With 
song tides like "Fuck You" and 
"You Piss Me Off', I guess I'm 
just looking for something more. 
(CK) 
I (Frank Records, Box 103, 771 23 Ludvika, SWEDEN) 



IKUOLEMA - "Noise Not Music" CD 

This is a obscure Finnish thrash band from the early '80s 
I that had one track on a compilation and a limited cassette 
I release. AH the recordings are extremely raw, and at times 
I rather unlistenable. I really question the relevance of a release 
I like this. Why bother with such weak recordings of a band that 
I most people have never heard of? I'm all for reissues, but you 
■have to draw the line somewhere. (RC) 
(AA Records, PO Box 174, 11101 Riihimaki, FINLAND) 




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LARRY - 
Scum" EP 

The title track flicks a 
booger at the East Bay with such 
lines as "No more scenesters dirty 
looks, Wallet chains and pegged 
black pants, You're the ones who 
make me laugh." They keep this 
snotty attitude up throughout the 
EP and have mucho energy and 
harsh but still catchy punk songs. 
Good samples as well. (TH) 
(Death Squad Records, PO Box 7623, Jupiter, FL 33468) 



LINK 80 - "Killing Katie" 10" 

LINK 80, the late LINK 80, fronted by the Nick Traina, | 
late son of author Danielle Steel. What can I say? Ska-punk, 
definitely ska-punk. More punk than ska at times which isn't I 
necessarily bad. Even a little bit of hardcore in there for the 
hooded sweatshirt brigade. Reminds me of a way thicker 
version of KNUCKLE SANDWICH, which is good. I like 
these guys. Their music is good, fun, and fast I'll still give 'em | 
the good review that they deserved. Buy it! (AT) 
(Asian Man Records, PO Box 35585, Monte Sereno, CAl 
95030-5585) 



LOUDMOUTHS/SEX OF- 
FENDERS - split EP 

I hoped to spring some kind 
of "free beer = good review" bar- 
gain with the LOUDMOUTHS 
but I guess it'll have to wait until 
their tour is over. Two songs, 
"This Ain't No High School" and 
"You Better Keep Your Big 
Mouth Shut" (believe it!), tough, 
catchy and pissed off - all you 
could ask for, really. The 1 
SEX OFFENDERS aren't bad, just sort of the 'B Attraction" I 
here, with one foot in the garage and another in the grave. 
Worth it for the LOUDMOUTHS side alone. (JH) 
(Main Squeeze Records, PO Box 45411, Kansas City, MO I 
64171) 




ILAGWAGON - "Double Plaidinum" CD 

Would you believe me if I said that LAGWAGON sounds 
I completely different from NOFX and every other band on Fat 
I Wreck Chords? Why not? A lot of punk™ music sounds 
I similar to other punk™ music, but different. Regardless of 
I how you choose to answer this question, let me just say that this 
lis a good CD for those of you into NOFX and every other band 
I on Fat Wreck Chords. Are you any closer to an answer? Wear 
I dirty clothes, save quarters, and shop Fat (JV) 

(Fat Wreck Chords, PO Box 193690, San Francisco, CA 941 19- 

3690) 



| LATCH KEY KIDS - "Anytime, Anywhere" CD 

More of that melodic, poppy hardcore that the kids all 
I love. This falls on the Fat Wreck / Epitaph side of the fence, and 
I is well done for that kind of thing, but not outstanding. They're 
I good and fast though, and I bet they'd be good live. (AM) 
(1492 Records, 11523 Overbrook Ln, Houston, TX 77077) 



MANDINGO - "Rock Like A Phoenician" CD 

Pretty damn good release of snotty pop punk that was I 
recorded live at some kids house. Though it plays through 
both speakers, this live recording suffers from that miserable, 
tinny sound that live recordings are so notorious for. Even so, 
it did not take away from their best track, "Cursing Author- 
ity", a catchy, anthemic little ditty. Horrible unreadable 
packaging written in what seems like White Out Even so, 1 1 
liked it (CW) 
(Dirty, PO Box 6869, Glendale, AZ 85312-6869) 



MEKMOR - "Punk Noz" EP 

Raw, powerful punk rock with a violin. All the vocals are I 
sung in French. This is kinda cool for novelty's sake. I kept 
thinking of Charlie Daniels in a beret ripping through "The | 
Devil Went Down To Georgia". (MM) 
(MassProcluctbns,BP287,35005RennesC^dex,Breizh,FRANCE) I 



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MEANWHILE - "Lawless Solidarity" 10" 
I Striaght ahead, no nonscense grind punk from Sweden. 
I There have been bands playing this type of sound with minor 
■variations on the theme since CONFLICT in the early '80s. 
I Back then, there was a statment to be made in having the music 
I take a back seat to the message and politics. Unfortunately, 
I many of the descendants of this political punk have focused 
I more on the style and fashion of their predecessors. The 
■importance of the message is too often lost and the result is a 
J regurgitation with insincere lyrics, a lukewarm political mes- 
Isage and lifeless musk. This has lead to quite a glut of predict- 
ability and boredom amoungst theses type of bands. Fortu- 
Inately, MEANWHILE manage to break this mold the overall 
jfeel of the record especially in the lyrics has a freshness that 
Idoes not come off dogmatic or disassociated with the indiduals 
■playing the music. (MK) 

■(Ignition Records c/o Sonic Rendezvous, PO Box 417, 1800 
lAK Alkmaar, HOLLAND) 



MESS/ 22 JACKS - split EP 

Okay, 22 JACKS sounds 
like it would be at home on the 
soundtrack to an early John 
Hughes film. That's a compli- 
ment, okay? MESS have a more 
basic whiskey-fueled punk sound 
similar to older GAUNT crossed 
with Chicago style pop punk. This 
7" is a keeper. (JF) 
(Last Beat Records, 2819 Com- 
merce, Dallas, TX 75226) 



MEXICAN BREAKFAST - 
"Math Class Girl" EP 

This is a great five-song 
package of up -beat, sloppy, hooky 
punk rock, reminds me of THE 
BELTONES.Thelyricsareabout 
high school and Texas; I like it 
when people sing about local stuff. 
It's good. (GS) 

(Jolly Ronny Records #3, PO Box 
1301, Custer Rd. #202-170, Pi- 
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MONO MEN - "Have A Nice Day Motherfucker" LP 

Okay, I had to really put this one through the test being 
that this is the first ever MONO MEN record I have ever 
reviewed..... so here I am, lying in bed with my boyfriend, 

naked, with this new album cranked up really high we tried 

kissing and stuff to side one but the passion just isn't there, 
we're both stUl just laying here, limp dicked!!!!! Okay, time 
fer side two; shit, I'm really trying to give this record a 
chance.... still, not even a semi-erection in either of us.... this is 
looking very grim folks!!!! At last, the record is over and there 
was no sexllU What the fuck's up with that???? A rock n roll 
record that doesn't get my love juices flowing???? That's not 
a very good sign fer me, my boyfriend, or any of you people at 
home.... but don't take my word for it, go ahead and buy the 
record and take the test fer yourselves.... don't say I didn't 
warn you!!!!! (SW) 
(Estrus) 



"Revenge Is Sweet And So Are You" 



MR. T EXPERIENCE 
LP 

This long awaited new MR. T surely won't disappoint I 
their fans. This continues in the more pop direction they've 
taken since becoming a trio. Personally, I find this a decent toe 
tappin' listen but I've always had a limited tolerance for bands 
that try to be funny since the jokes get old kinda quick. Great 
production from KEVIN ARMY as usual. Not a release I'd 
push on anyone but then again I wouldn't need to. (RL) 
(Lookout) 



N.C.A. - "More Beer For The 
Punk" EP 

Aside from the sloppy, 
drunken, beer bottle clinking in- 
tro and outro, N.C.A. cranks the 
Marshalls and pumps out straight 
ahead hardcore. Even with the 
gruff French vocals in British ac- 
cents, N.C.A.'s not very original, IfftoMB^Wf^Jjfi 
but their sound is big, full, and "^ &*>-»« 
captures that classic AC/DC mix 
when slowed to mid tempo or dur- 
ing one of their tasteful guitar solos. Tight EP for a bunch of 
drunks. (HM) 

(Mass Productions, BP 287, 35005 Rennes Cedex, Breizh. 
FRANCE) 



IMISCONDUCT - "...Another Time" CD 

Every month it seems that I get one cd that just knocks 
I me off my feet This is Swedish hardcore with an old school 
INew York twist. A bit of AGNOSTIC FRONT, 
I GORILLA BISCUITS, and youth crew action! Fingerpoints, 
land steady breakdowns give this a nice balance. This is pretty 
I good kids, now go and check it out (LU) 
I (Bad Taste Records, Stora Sodergatan 38, 222 23 Lund, 
SWEDEN) 



[MONSTER TRUCK DRIVER - "This Germ" EP 

I Has anyone noticed how fucking constantly great Beer 

I City Records' bands are? This holds true with them making 

I the hit picks. Solid, powerful, fist raising punk rock. Could 

I drive ya in to a little punk rock frenzy. (TJ) 

I (Beer City, PO Box 26035, Milwaukee, WI 53226) 



NASUM - "World in Turmoil" 
EP 

Veterans of a split with Bos- 
ton's PSYCHO (Ha ha - who 
isn't? ! !) get the proper treatment, 
and stand on their own. Sixteen 
songs of torturous distortion - 
there's hardcore in there son, and 
it ain't pretty. As you'd guess, 
they keep the throttle pinned most 
of the time - shifting often enough 
to prove they're capable, but 
choosing speed over polish. This is the stuff I really love - 1 
overdrawn, overdone and without any socially redeeming 
hangups - hardcore you either love or hate. I'm definitely 
entrenched in the first camp. (TM) 

(Blurred Records, 482-1 Naka, Kambara, Ihara, Shizuoka 
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NECK-TIE - "Wake Up" EP 

Up-beat and funny pleas for 
nuclear war and a conspiracy the- 
ory about the C.I.A. This is silly 
and fun, a good four song release. 
(HD) 

($3 ppd: Pop Smear Records, PO 
Box 1384, Silverdale, WA 98383) 



NO COMPLY/DYSLEXICS - 
split EP 

NO COMPLY, with 
"Dead", offers up the shortest 
song I've heard all day — which 
seems to be about ten seconds 
long. Their guitar-heavy music is 
quick and fun to listen to. 
THE DYSLEXICS play three 
well written head boppin* tunes. 
(HD) 
(Samor Records, PO Box 3306, 



|NO REASON - "Walk Away" EP 

You may be aware that there is a revival of the youth 
I crew sound on the East Coast. You may also be aware that a 
I large portion of the bands are extremely by-the- numbers, 
I generic, and just plain tired. NO REASON definitely have the 
I youth crew influence, but they also have a shitload of energy. 
I It's hard to keep still when listening to this, so no complaints 
I here. Personal lyrics which have (thankfully) no mention of 

'Hardcore Pride"; though they do touch on the issue of 
I betrayed trust. The lyrics don't make it clear, however, why 
I they chose to put pictures of former pro skater Mark "Gator" 
IRogowski and an article detailing his most infamous criminal 
[act on the cover of their EP. (TH) 

(Immigrant Sun, PO Box 421, Buffalo, NY 14223) 



| OBLIVION/GODS REFLEX - split EP 

This is pretty much I have come to expect from Johanns 
iFace records. Fast, irreverent pop punk that's occasionally 
I brilliant and occasionally a waste of vinyl. OBLIVION pro- 
vide the former, and GODS REFLEX the latter. GR are just 
I not very distinguishable from any of the other bands in the 
lever growing snot pop punk ghetto. OBLIVION, on the other 
I hand, add new vocabulary to this worn out genre with their 
I inventive arrangements and undeniable charm. They just 
I have a nice feel to them. Worth getting for the OBLIVION 
side. (BG) 
(Johanns Face Records, PO Box 479164, Chicago, IL 60647) 



ITHE OBLIVIANS - "At Melissa's Garage" EP 

A bunch of guys (Walter Daniels, Jeffrey Evans, and the 
I OBLIVIANS theyselves) in a garage, blues, country punk, 
Irock'n roll, band playing covers, including a BIG BOYS song. 
Ia little tribute to their influences I guess. I liked the 

BO DD3DLEY song, and although they're not the CRAMPS, 
I you can still enjoy this. (EC) 

(Undone, PO Box 4012, Austin, TX 78765) 



OCHRE/LEFT FOR DEAD - split EP 

Both bands have that heavy, dirgy, metallic '90s hard- 1 
core sound that will knock your socks off. Sometimes bands 
like this are more metallic than the metal bands that are listed 
as defining the 'metal' sound. Kinda like if SLAYER, ROR- 
SCHACH and OTTOWA all had a sleepover in Ontario | 
Canada. Get this and fucking bang. (MW) 
(Phyte Records, PO Box 14228, Santa Barbara, CA 93107) 



OHEIS VAS ARA - "Vapaan Lik- 
kumisen Kirous" EP 

Beer City Records, as far as 
I'm concerned, has three things 
going for them: 1) consistent 
PUNK releases 2) lots of releases 
by international bands 3) Duane 
Peters is on their skateboard 
team. This release fits into the 
first two categories; OHEIS - 
VASARA is a quick paced punk 
band from Finland. There is a 
good dose of gloom in the songs and it only slows down the pace I 
of one of the tunes. The male/female vocals screamed in 
Finnish with a strong political slant makes this a group to keep ] 
an eye on. (TH) 
(Beer City, PO Box 26035, Milwaukee, WI 53226-0035) 




ONE SIZE FITS ALL - "I 
Against The Rule OK?" EP 

This EP will chew you up, 
take you on a wild ride, and then 
shit you out A pathetic, quiver- 
ing, pile of poop, begging for 
more, that's what I was after lis- 
tening to this. Fast, insane, some 
garagey guitar riffs, and the sing- 
er sounds like a Japanese Darby 
Crash. Cool cover art and insert 
comics, too, and they look like ' 

they might even be fine. What more could you want, you | 
greedy fuck? This is it. (JN) 
(Doh-Doh Records, "K-Club" Honmachi 2-1-21, Palms Bid I 
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PACHTER DER WEISHEIT - 
"Hass" EP 

This record kicks off with a 
noise rock intro, then quickly 
moves onto some aggressive 
thrashy punk with a unique edge. 
Left me wanting more. (TB) 
(107% Politisch Korrekt, J. 
Hitzschke, Holtenauer Str. 51, 
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|LES PARTISANS - LP 

I've never been too familiar with oi in general... I was into 
INABAT and COCKSPARRER but I couldn't get into the 
I soccer mentality of some skinheads. LES PARTISANS are a 
I decent band worth checking out if you're into this. They say It 
I doesn't matter if you are white or black yellow or tanned, as 
[long as you're a skinhead, you're OK. So what about me? 
I What I am doing here giving these guys a good review? (EC) 

(Teenage Rebel Records, Wallstrasse 21, Dusseldorf 40213, 

GERMANY) 



|PEECHEES - "Games People Play" LP 

Like their last record "Do The Math", "Games People 

I Play" is hit and miss. When the PEECHEES hit, they rock, and 

I I do mean rock! Unfortunately, when they miss they appear as 
I a band that wants to be something they aren't. Still, this record 
lis worth owning. (JF) 

(Kill Rock Stars, 120 NE State #418, Olympia, WA 98501) 



|THE PEEP SHOWS - "Speed Demon 1000" EP 

This record proves that lyrical content is secondary to 
I music. I had no idea what the vocalist was singing and it didn't 
I matter because the powerful noise behind him is what this 
I band is all about. Loud guitars, hard drumming and even a few 
I guitar solos that say these guys have a metal background make 
I for a great record. Never heard of these Swedish rockers but 
I they are now logged into my memory. Buy this now! (MS) 
(Speed Demon 1000, PO Box 103, 771 23 Ludvika, SWEDEN) 



PERIOD PAINS - "Spice Girls" 
EP 

On the title track, the four 
girls from PERIOD PAINS do a 
long-overdue hash-job on UK's 
most over-publicized girl-pop- 
pers, a basic mid-tempo protest- 
punker that could have been a 
whole lot nastier; tunes like this 
work best when there's potential 
for libel. The pair of tunes on the 
flip are forgettable tunes in the 
learly VICE SQUAD vein (circa first LP). A litde below aver- 
age. (SS) 
(Damaged Goods, PO Box 671, London E1T 6NF, UK) 




POLICY - "Dead Kids Can't Skank" EP 

Imagine, if you can, a more nerdy hardcore version of I 
SCHLONG. These songs manage to incorporate — with some f 
rather eclectic changes — pop punk, ska, hardcore, '80s power 
rock, and ethereal alternative college rock all with their own 
unique brand of geekiness. The production and musicianship 
are surprisingly good. From the pictures on record they 
appear to play naked. Their turn-ons include eating good | 
vegan food and masturbation, an interesting combination. 
(MK) 

(Defenstrate Records c/o Cory Kilduff, 804 Mt Vernon, Rich- 
ardson, TX 75081) 



POLITIKILL INCORECT - "Punk Rock Girls Are Easy" EP I 
Rocking punk from Toronto, Canada. Dual female and 
male vocals do a nice job trading off pissed lyrics about sexism 
and abusive relationships in the punk rock community. The 
music is upbeat with some riffs that border on the hard rock 
side of things, but overall it compliments the strong vocals 
well. They manage to come up with some solid songs that| 
aren't necessarily limited by predictability. (MK) 
(Outcast Records, 689 Queen St West, PO Box 178, Toronto, I 
ON, M6J1E6, CANADA) 



THE PROMS - "Bubble Bath" 
EP 

This Ohio outfit plays bub- 
ble-gum punk on your basic 
themes - girls, spiking punch, 
getting crushes on TV icons... 
They're undeniably catchy, and 
the powerchord guitar helps elim- 
inate stomach cramps from pop- 
damage (all the songs have vocal 
choruses with as many as three 
harmonies piled on top). Maybe 
the problem could have been manageable if they didn't sing in I 
falsetto all the time; in the meantime, I'd suggest testosterone 
therapy for the band before it's too late. Okay for the style; the | 
first 500 is pressed on lipstick-pink vinyl. (SS) 
(Mutant Pop, 5010 NW Shasta, Corvallis, OR 97330) 




PERSUADERS - "Rock Bottom" 
EP 

Ah, the irrepressible King 
Louie. You may know him from 
his excellent single with the 
HARAHAN CRACK COMBO, 
his involvement with the 
ROYAL PENDELTONS, or the 
IMPALA song that bears his 
name. He's back for more, this 
time stomp in* out some extra 
trashy, raw fucking rock n' roll. 

I There's the two guitar and drum attack that fans of the 

lOBLIVIANS will appreciate. And remember, "I ain't got 

Imoney for you, I ain't your daddy." (TH) 

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PURPOSE - "What's In Worth" 
EP 

I must admit I was scared 
when I saw the X's on the back of 
the hands and the "dare to keep 
kids off drugs" t-shirt on the cov- 
er, but my ears heard a good 
straight forward hardcore band. 
Four songs that are not overly 
preachy, which tends to cause me 
to keep my distance from the 
annoying straightedge scene. I'd 

keep my eyes on these New Jersey guys because their time in | 
the spotlight will come. (MS) 
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IRAN-CORE - "Papalagi" EP 

At times they remind me of a great early Italian punk 
I band circa '82-'83 named PEGGIO PUNX, and at times they 
■sound so "Fve-heard-it-before". This is their first single so 

hopefully they'll get better. (EC) 
I (Hated Youth Records c/o Monfredin, Via Brione 9, Condino 

38083, ITALY) 



| RANCID VAT - "Blobs Have More Fun/Tattoo Boogie" 

Here we go... This is the real deal. This is the reason I still 
I drive and hour and a half to MRR every month to do reviews, 
Isince my recent relocation to Santa Cruz, Cal. You don't get 
I this shit in surf town, daddy. Chances are slim -to-none my fave 
Iscumpunk bands would ever play there when they rarely even 
I play in SF, but at least I'm still in the loop. Another great 
■drunken boogie punk release. Love you dogs!!! (RY) 
(Brilliancy Prize Records,PO Box 31686, Philadelphia,PA 19147) 



THE RANDUMBS - "Seven 
Inch" EP 

One thing I liked about this 
band right off was that even 
though it's obvious that they like 
Boston punk™, they don't sound 
exactly like a Boston band. At 
times they even sounded a little 
like JON COUGAR CONCEN- 
TRATION CAMP. THE RAN- 
DUMBS are melodic without be- 
ing lame (i.e. pop). (JV) 
I (Radio Records, PO Box 1452, Sonoma, CA 95476) 



| RAT PATROL - "Painkiller" CD 

This band isn't bad, but I'm having a hard time putting 
I my finger on a solid description. It's fast, fairly generic 
I hardcore. Slow parts, then fast parts, vocals done in time with 
[the drums... Every once in awhile it hits a good BATTALION 
I OF SAINTS thing and, judging by their lyrics, I'd say they've 
I got a good grasp on their pertinent local social issues and 
I American culture, which is impressive for a band from the 
(Netherlands. It's good, but not life changing. (PB) 
|(DeKonkurrent,PO Boxl4598,1001LBAmsterdam,HOLLAND) 



| REAL SWINGER - CD 

Here's an Italian band that wears its pop-punk heart on 
| its leather jacket. Sing! Sing! More songs about broken hearts! 

"Thorazines" is a really good song, but many of the others tend 
I to blend together due to the samey-sounding guitar sound. 
■Speed without impact, it's tough to taste sugar at 100 mph, ya 
I know? I'll compare them to some band now ... (RW) 

(VML Records, PO Box 183, Franklin Park, IL 60131) 



IREGISTRATORS - "4 Vibrate" EP 

You can't go wrong with a REGISTRATORS record so 
II don't even need to tell you how cool this is. What is different, 
I and very nice, are that these songs are more melodic so you get 
I to see another side to the band. You still have the great manic 
I guitar playing and punk vocals, but it's not totally blasted at 
lyou though I wouldn't go as far as to say these are ballads cos 
they're not. (CK) 

I (Snuffy Smile, 4-24-4-302 Daizawa, Setagaya-Ku, Tokyo 155, 
IJAPAN) 



THE REPELLENTS - CD 

A sixteen song release from the makers of the worse live I 
recordings series, VML- Records. This is a solid release of J 
somewhat typical So Cal melodic pop complete with guitar I 
noodling leads and annoying sing a longs. I'll pass. (CW) 
(VML, PO Box 183, Franklin Park, IL 60131) 



RHYTHM THIEVES - "Night Drive" EP 

Slovenian garage-punk with yet another gravel-for- vo- 
cal-chords singer that brings up images of POISON 13 and I 
even the LIME SPIDERS, yet more minimal and definitely 
looser than either of those two bands. Not your real fast garage | 
stuff, but still cool in its slower, thudding rootsiness. 
CHUCK BERRY riffs and non-Marshall amp guitar tone I 
abounds including old-timey like yelps and stuff. Pretty damn | 
hep fun shit this. Give it a spin willya? (JY) 
(Radio Student, Cesta 27 Aprila 31 Blok 14 SI, 1000 Ljublja- 
na, SLOVENIA) 



RIOTGUN - "Even Out The 
Odds" EP 

This is a good mid tempo 
melodic punk rock 3 song EP. 
The cool alternating vocals and 
an acoustic guitar part at the be- 
ginning of "Face The Lies" 
brought to mind HUSKER DU. 
Worth picking up, hope to hear 
more from these guys. (MM) 
(PsychoTribe Records, PO Box 
7273, Fullerton, CA 92834) 



ROOM 41 - "Eternal You" EP 

Well, well, another fucking great Japanese rock 'n roll I 
band buzzzzzing along in the fine TEENGENERATE 'tradi- 
tion'. I'd compare these guys also to BOU SOU NEZUMI, the 
PLUGZ and the RETARDOS. You know the drill ... great 
catchy shit with sneering vocals that whip along and carry 
your hopes for rocking punk for another couple weeks ... until 
the next great 7". (RW) 
(Lilies Records, 3-2-13-305 Kounan Kounan-Ku, Yokohama I 
City, Kangawa, JAPAN) 



THE RONDELLES - "He's Out Of Sight" EP 

This was completely painful to listen to. A BRATMO- 1 
BILE patterned trio, with squeaky vocals and squeaky toy 
keyboards, recorded through a Mr. Microphone. My dog was 
crying, I was holding my head in torture. But hey, it's punk 
rock, you know, DIY, all that stuff. No one ever said it was 
gonna be "easy listenin"! One song, "Indication," is snappy, 
and similar to STA-PREST but nowhere near that band's | 
originality. I'd say see them live. (GS) 
(Grist Milling, PO Box 771402, Lakewood, OH 44107) 




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IRUBBERNECK - "Victim" CD 

Once again I'm fooled by the cover art on the CD. I'm 

I thinking this is gonna be some psychobilly stuffin'. But when 

I I play it, it's like LAG WAGON. Now, I have nothing against 
I this band and I have nothing against LAG WAGON. Hell I 
I don't even know what I'm sayin! There's something there. I 
■just don't like bein' tricked! Anyway, this CD is great! Thir- 
| teen fast and furious songs that could easily find their way onto 
I a Fat Wreck comp. If that sounds appealing to you, then get it 

dummy. (AT) 

(Overall Records, 156 Hart St. #4, Santa Monica, CA 90405) 



THEE S.T.P. - "Johnny Danger" 
EP 

They look like 

THE KNACK and sound like the 
RAMONES. Two songs are loud, 
fast and short and the vocals im- 
proves as you play the single. The 
flip side has one longer song, noth- 
ing too memorable. (EC) 
(Prendin, Via Montenero 6, 
Arona 28041, ITALY) 



ISAMIAM - "The New Red Years" CD 

A UK coUection from this local combo's New Red Ar- 
I chives releases. Nothing unreleased and the song selection 
I isn't worthy of "greatest hits" status but during the hoopla of 

the GREEN D A Y/East Bay mania this was the only local band 
I I'd go out of my way to see. An influential band that sounds 
I even stronger in light of all the imitations around now. (RL) 
I (Golf, Unit 15 Bushell Business Estate, Hithercroft, Walling- 

ford OXON, OX10 9DD, UK) 



I SATURDAY SUPERCADE - "It's Cool To Not Do" EP 

Mildly entertaining punk, in a more metallic pop style. 
I They have some good hooks and occasionally funny lyrics, but 
I the fake English accent has to go. Not all that original, but not 

all that bad. (BG) 
I (Whitehouse Records, 830 Bayer Wissman Rd, Lanesville, IN 

47136) 



|SEEIN' RED/CATWEAZLE - split 10" 

What can I say say about SEEIN RED except fucking 
I unbelievable! They continue their dominance over punk with 
I this searing attack of 11 rage filled songs. They just keep 
I getting faster and faster. They even toss in a cover of "Party 

With Me Punker" by theMINUTEMEN. All I can say is I hope 
I their sparsely attended show at Gilman Street isn't a true 
I measure of how clueless punks really are. CATWEAZLE hold 
I their own with politically charged hardcore that at times 

reminds me of SICK OF IT ALL. There is lengthy explana- 
tions for all of their lyrics, and a listing of the addresses, 
I publications, and websites of all their favorite political groups. 
I This is an essential addition to any collection! (RC) 

(Wicked Witch Records, PO Box 3835, 1001 AP Amsterdam, 

HOLLAND) 



SESSO KRIMANALE - "Just To 
Tease You" EP 

Amazingly efficient use of 
vinyl here. Six songs on seven 
inches at 33rpm. I don't have 
many other good things to say 
however... "I Rape and Tease 
You", what the fuck kind of song 
title is that?!! You could blame 
the language barrier, they 're Ital- 
ian, but that's beyond stupid... 
I'm afraid this attempt at macho 
punk fails both musically and aesthetically. Tries to sound like I 
PLEASURE FUCKERS, but doesn't. Whatever... (RY) 
(Krakatoa Records, V. Manzoni 12, 20090 Opera (MI), ITA- 
LY) 




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THE SEWERGROOVES - 
"Dead Letter River" EP 

Metal flavored, guitar driv- 
en stuff from Sweden. Real good 
too, a nice deviation on all the 
RAMONES derived poppy stuff | 
that once came from that area in 
excess. This is the best thing to 
comemy way from that area since 
PUFFB ALL. Heavy man, like the 
Aussie Au-Go-Go stuff, but slight- 
ly more slick, less tough. (RY) 
(Low Impact Records, PO Box 475, 701 49 Orebro, SWEDEN) I 



SHARPEVILLE/SANCTUS IUDA - split EP 

This is one of those records where the political relevance I 
outweighs the musical content. And that isn't a negative 
statement on the bands. Both bands hold their own with great 
mid-paced punk full of raging distortion. I especially enjoyed 
the classic punk style of Poland's S ANCTUS IUDA. What sets 
this apart is both bands overall devotion to anarchy, with 
address listings of various anarchist groups and multiple 
translations of their lyrics. They even encourage people to 
copy this record, stating "free music, free people." Excellent 
release. (RC) 
(Bertie, Box 115, 15662 Bialstok 26, POLAND) 



THE SHITLICKERS - "1982" CD 

Fast destroying noisey chaos like DISCHARGE but with I 
far worse sound quality. Hands down the worse lyrics EVER 
written. Sample from the song "No System Works": "No 
system works. Oh yeah. No. No system works". And that's the 
entire song! This CD is 3 of the 4 songs from their 1982 7" plus 
5 more songs. I'm not sure if these are different versions, 
seeing as how both this CD and the original 7" have hideous | 
sound quality. (PB) 

(Distortion Records, PO Box 129, 401 22 Gothenburg, SWE- 
DEN) 



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|SHOCK TREATMENT - "We're Back Home" CD 

These guys have a real interesting sound. It something 
IlikeacrossbetweenFUELandARTICLES OF FAITELIouly 
I wish they had the smarts not to publish their lyrics. Very high 
I cliche factor, if you know what I mean. Otherwise, the music 
I is played with anger and precision. It has a dark post-punk feel 
I to it. They would be damn great if only the singer took some 
I creative writing courses (or sang in his native Italian, instead 
of bad, broken English). (BG) 

(Rumblefish Corp, Via G. Giusti 93, 72015 Fasano (BR), 
ITALY) 



| SHOPLIFTERS/KILL THE MAN - split EP 

The SHOPLIFTERS are fast and mean, with dueling 

I male/male yelling about our messed up society here in the good 

lol' USA. Charged with energy and determination, the SHOP- 
LIFTERS, seem ready to shove their music down your throat 
KILL THE MAN WHO QUESTIONSmightactuallybemore 
pissed off than the SHOPLIFTERS. They start of by attacking 

| the huge anti-PC movement going on in the punk scene right 
>w. Their fast, powerful, aggressive music with dueling 

I female/male yelling is awesome. So much energy for your 
buck!!!! (HD) 
(Shoplifters, 901 Maple Ave, Wilmington, DE 19809) 



I SHOT WELL - "Celery, Beef, And Iron" CD 

Um, I don't know what to say about these guys. I like the 
I title. I like the music, but I'm kinda stuck on who they sound 

I like. I guess that's a good thing right? To have your own sound 

I I mean. If I had to name a band that they remind me of, I'd say 
they remind me of the CULPRITS, but more punk. Twangy 

I guitars, loud and clear vocals, good bass and drums, and 
I fifteen songs! It's a bargain! I recommend that you just buy the 
I shit and figure it out who they sound like for yourself. It's 
I worth taking the chance for. (AT) 

(Broken Rekids, PO Box 460402, San Francisco, CA 94146- 

0402) 



ISHOWER WITH GOATS - "Oh Oh A Go Go" EP 

This is pop punk but this is pretty raw, which is cool. 
lAlmost like an up-tempo CRIMPSHRINE or maybe 

SCARED OF CHAKA. Actually, I'm pretty into this. Fast, 
I raw, catchy tunes with some cool riffs especially on "I'll Be 
I Gone". A top ten-er for sure. (RL) 

(Evilash Records, 6909 Sunrise Terr, Coral Cables, FL 33133) 



SHROOMS - "5 Years Of Anxi- 
ety" EP 

Decent up-tempo pop punk 
in the Dr. Strange/ZOINKS vein. 
The song "Two Wrongs" stands 
out amongst the three. Nothing 
original or essential but still de- 
cent. (RL) 

(Cool Guy Records, 10140 Gard 
Ave.,SantaFeSprings,CA90670) 




SICK THINGS - "Sounds Of Silence" CD 

Here's my fourth attempt to do this CD some justice. The I 
over-used phrase 'raw-as-fuck' is the only way to describe the 
sound of this Aussie band circa 1980 or so, who used the 
grinding axe-sound of one Mick Turner to produce garbled 
chainsaw anthems of unsurpassed unpleasantness. "I Like 
Puis", "Committed To Suicide", "Police". No surprise, then, 
to learn that several members of this group will not be 
collecting pensions with the rest of their contemporaries. The 
VICTIMS maybe wrote catchier punk rock songs but this is 
the most brutal stuff I've heard from Australia, period. Look 
for the Ralph Steadman-Iike cover art at your local CD Mart. I 
(RW) 

(Au-Go-Go, GPO Box 542d, Melbourne, Vic 3001, AUSTRA- 1 
LIA) 



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THE SIMONS - "Stink With 
Pleasure" EP 

Forced juvenile humor 
with awkward rhymes over nev- 
er-ending tired riffs are the SI- 
MONS' charm. Their punk rock 
song about Snoopy and the Red 
Baron is right up there with 
having Ziggy or Family Circus 
lyrics. This reoccurring theme 
of having fun riding bikes, surf- 
ing, drinking, or hangin' with 
Woodstock gets tiring after heavily repeated choruses. I guess I 
I either don't like fun or I'm too fat and old for this highly | 
absurd goof-core. (HM) 
(Bellaforte Records, Eyachstr. 34, 7032 Sindelfmgen, GER- 1 
MANY) 



THE SIRES - "RuleL.Okay?" EP 

THE SIRES fall on the side of the fence inhabited by I 
THE HIGH-FIVES, THE SMUGGLERS and others of the 
garage-pop ilk. Speedy, clean guitar riffs backed by weak 
drumming and overwrought vocals, tightly played and well- 
recorded. Not bad at all, and entirely lis tenable, it just comes 
off slightly bland for all of its supposed and implied furor and | 
energy. (CH) 

(Twist Records, 6 Le Petit Close, Rue de Marais, Vale, Guern- 1 
sey,GY68AZ,C.I.,UK 



LOS SKARNALES - "Vatos Rudos" CD 

Basic skacore from Texas. Good horn section, key- 
boards, and some MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES riffs. | 
Spanish lyrics really stand out (TB) 
(Pinche Flojo Records, PO Box 431212, Houston, TX 77243) I 



THE SLAP HAPPIES/WALTER KRUG - split EP 

THE SLAP HAPPD2S play a cool brand of mid-tempo I 
pop-punk that also seems to borrow from some of the cool 
British pop bands of the eighties (JESUS AND MARY 
CHAIN?). Also reminds me of a cool 7" BIG DRAG put out a 
couple of years ago. WALTER KRUG play in a similar style, 
though I'd say they're more punk-pop than pop-punk - catchy 
pop songs that emphasize the vocals, but have just enough | 
grinding guitar to keep it going. Recommended. (KK) 
(Melted Records, 21-41 34th Ave. #10A, Astoria, NY 11106) 



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THE SMUGGLERS - "Buddy 
Holly Convention" EP 

British Columbia's finest 
satisfied me completely! From 
beginning to end, this four song 
EP will rock you! No surprises 
here but the usual fun and posi- 
tive energy that will make your 
body move wheather you're 
standing or sitting. "Melee in 
Madrid" is worth the purchase 
alone. They cover THE BYERS' 
'She's A Machine" and do it justice. If you're a SMUG- 

IGLERS fan you won't be disappointed, so spend a few bucks 

land enjoy! (MS) 

I (Lookout Records) 




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THE SNARKOUT BOYS - "Tri- 
umph At Blueberry Park" EP 

A bunch of '77 punk sound- 
ing songs from a bunch of kids 
who were probably born in that 
year. The songs are simple and 
the vocalist sings in a great disaf- 
fected way like he's seen it all and 
is so bored by it (and at such a 
young age?). If the music was just 
a bit faster this could possibly be 
one of the best records of the 



I month. I look forward to more. (CK) 
(Grist Milling, PO Box 771402, Lakewood, OH 44107) 



I SNUFF - "Caught In Session" LP 

I can't believe it's been almost 9 years since this breath 
I of fresh air first graced my ears via the airways of BBC Radio 
] 1 and Mr John Peel. SNUFF were the greatest new band of the 
I time and this session (on side A) blew me away then and is still 
I great now. The B side, a session from December 1994, features 
I their newer stuff, which still stands head and shoulders above 
jmost other melodic punk around today, although still doesn't 
I match their earlier freshness and energy. SNUFF rule, you 
I know it and you're going to get this. (AM) 
(Vinyl Japan, 98 Camden Rd, London NW1 9EA, UK) 



THE SOLUTIONS - "Sweet 
Bloody Cherry Pie/Creature's 
Lover" 

The usual description by 
facile comparison schtick won't 
work here; ain't nothin' that 
sounds quite like this. Poppy fe- 
male vocals (by someone who can 
actually sing, for a change) over a 
ferocious instrumental attack (in- 
cluding some remarkably deep, 
sludgy bass). Refreshing. (DD) 

I (Devarec Records, 1-21-7 Asaga va-Kita Suginami-ku, Tokyo, 

JAPAN) 




SOUL SEASON/PETROGRAD - split CD 

These two German bands have almost nothing in com- 
mon, except a good sense of dynamics and energy. 
SOUL SEASON play in a plodding '70s hard rock meets punk I 
style, which might intimidate some of you readers, but not me. 
I'm up to the cock rock chaUenge, and SS do it with authority. 
PETROGRAD do a more fuzzed out, sped up HUSKER DU 
type thing. They also incorporate SNUFF style hyper harmo- 1 
nies to spice things up. Well worth searching for. (BG) 
(Skunk Records c/o Diff, 83 Rue De Kayl, L 3514 Dudelange, I 
GERMANY) 



SPACE COOKIE - "Your CD Collection Still Sucks" CD 

Band hailing from Georgia with a CD of 16 tunes includ- 1 
ing some previously released 7" material. These guys have a 
lot of the young STIFF LITTLE FINGERS in them along with 
a knack for hooks and a sack full of modern influences that 
imparts a certain '90s "rockness" (no irony here from me!). 
Imagine ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT doing "Inflamma- 
ble Material". Some really good tunes performed with spirit 
and verve, I do believe these guys have a good thing going and 
would actually look forward to hearing more stuff. Honest! 
(JY) 
(Reservation Records, PO Box 73714, Athens, GA 30604) 



THE STATICS - "Punk Rock and Roll" LP 

I've had THE INFECTIONS LP on my turntable sol 
much that I keep forgetting about this one. I don't mean to, it 
just happens. This is the best thing THE STATICS have done. 
The guitars are more forceful and faster, but there's still that 
novel quality to the lyrics and vocals. Maybe it's the produc- 
tion, maybe it's the guitar lessons. I don't know and I don't 
care. This is one great record. How cool is it to sell your soul 
to the ROLLING STONES? (CK) 
(Rip Off Records) 



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THE STATICS - "Sold My Soul" 
EP 

We haven't heard anything 
from THE STATICS for a while, 
and it appears from the record 
cover that perhaps it was because 
of a lineup change. They've 
changed drummers a couple of | 
times before, but now it appears 
they've lost Diane, the bass play- 
er. That's unfortunate, but musi- 
cally it's still the same stuff. SU- 
PERCHARGER-type punk rock and roll with no frills. (CH) | 
(Dead Beat Records, PO Box 283, Los Angeles, CA 90078) 




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THE STRIKES - "Zu Dumm Fur Diese Welt" LP 

Hard to nail these guys down. This German band mixes I 
many styles of punk and ends up sounding very '90s. Hard- 1 
core, pop, goth, ska, etc. (TB) 
(Teenage Rebel Records, Wallstr. 21 , 40213 Dusseldorf, GER- 1 
MANY) 



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STRAIGHT FACED -"Revolve" 
EP 

Saw these guys a few weeks 
ago, and wasn't too impressed 
with them live. I was ready for 
disappointment with the EP, but 
amazingly enough it sounds pret- 
ty damn good. STRAIGHT 
FACED encompass old school 
hardcore with a bit of punk, and 
new school hardcore thrown in 
there for good measure. A slight 

■compression of H20, and REDEMPTION 87 can be made, 
but STRAIGHT FACED are not a rip off band by any means. 

["Revolve" is the best song on this, and I recommend buying 

I this just for that I think I might give them a second chance for 

la live set as well. (LU) 

I (Hostage Records, 7826 Seaglen Dr., Huntington Beach, CA 

92628) 




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STROMBERG POLKA - "Skin- 
head" EP 

A reissue of some Kraut 
boot-boy boozwah from the '80s 
with an extra track from '91. The 
songs kinda drag without the oooh- 
ah alcohol-induced buzz that the 
best street-type rock gives off like 
morning-after bar fumes. A mi- 
nor trifle. (RW) 

(Teenage Rebel Records, Wall- 
strasse21,Dusseldorf40213,GER- 



SUGAR SHACK - "Five Weeks Ahead Of My Time" LP 

I should have known when I saw the producer's name, I 
Tim Kerr, that this was a garage record, but I swear I recall 
a SUGAR SHACK without a thread of garage in their sound. [ 
Either this is a different band or quite an improvement (of I 
course me being a huge fan of garage would think this). As Tim I 
Kerr's name promises, you'll hear the nasty sound of any 
great Austin, TX garage band. I swear Tim even tuned their 
guitars to have just enough feedback to create that raunchy | 
blues sound he loves so much. (MS) 
(Estrus Records) 



SUPERCHARGER - "Supercharger" LP 

It would be difficult, if not impossible, to write a review I 
of this record based solely on its musical content for two 
reasons. First, the record came out in 1991 and has had a 
profound effect on the style and sound of countless bands 
since. To find a person in the burgeoning punk and garage 
scene of the present day who has not heard it and loved it 
would be unlikely. (To find a modern European "trash-rock" 
band who has not appropriated almost their whole act from 
SUPERCHARGER would be a huge task, indeed.) Secondly, 
I'm very wary when I see reissues of records by deceased 
bands. All too often the details of rights and payments are 
ignored by crafty label owners or bootleggers. To his credit, | 
this time Dave Crider secured permission from all the ex- 
members of the band before putting the record out. Included I 
are two extra songs from the very first live recording and 
slightly changed cover art. This record remains a true classic | 
and deserves to be heard again and again. (CH) 
(Estrus Records) 



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SUBJECT MAD - "3 Funny Kids" 
EP 

Fast, wiry, loose tunes rem- 
iniscent of early AOD with the 
exception of the "Mr Boss Man..." 
ska grooves in "Janitor Boy". 
These 3 funny kids have some silly 
lyrics and seem to know not to 
force it Their "Punk Rock Race" 
tune (where the jocks tuck in their 
freshly pressed punk rock t-shirts 
and the J V cheer is the latest punk 
I rock tune) is their sole genuinely hilarious effort. Pretty cool. 

(HM) 

(Dirty Records, PO Box 6869, Glendale, AZ 85312-6869) 



SUBJUGATED - "Up The Punx" 
EP 

Not bad, not bad at all. ...fast 
and punk as fuck, SUBJUGATED 
are pretty rockin'. Normally I am 
not into this realm of music, but 
not only are they punk as fuck, 
they have a consistent rhythm, and 
actual talent Lyrics have a bit of 
personal and politics which is an 
even mix. Not bad. (LU) 
(Beer City Records, PO Box 26035, 





THE SUSPECTS/VIOLENT 
SOCIETY- split EP 

The SUSPECTS are my fa- 
vorite here. Both bands are good, 
but you know how it is with a split 
EP - you have to like one more 
than the other. It's a good match- 
up, though; both bands being of 
the East Coast '80s hardcore va- ' 
riety. What makes this to my lik- 
ing is the clear vocals, and tune- 
fulness of both. This is what sep- 
arates the "good" from the "grind" in my opinion. Obviously, I 
everything that falls into my basket here won't necessarily be 
right up my alley, but this is absolutely worthwhile, real, fast | 
angry... good punk rock. (RY) 
(C. I. Records, 739 Manor St, Lancaster, PA 17603) 



TERMINAL DISGUST - "The Price Of War" LP 

Following closely to the schematics of DISGUST and I 
EXTREME NOISE TERROR, with a dash of P.C. militarism 
from MASSKONTROL or AUS ROTTEN, and here you have 
it The production is fair, kinda tinny, not as full sounding as 
I usually like this sorta thing. The packaging is extravagant a 
2xLP gatefold sleeve with a centerfold collage of their friends | 
and a DISORDER cover for bonus punk points. (PB) 
(Mind Control, 1012 Brodie St, Austin, TX 78704) 



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|TERMINAL DISGUST - "The Price Of War" LP 

Following closely to the schematics of DISGUST and 
■EXTREME NOISE TERROR, with a dash of P.C. militarism 
■from MASSKONTROL or AUS ROTTEN, and here you have 
lit The production is fair, kind a tinny, not as full sounding as 
1 1 usually like this sorta thing. The packaging is extravagant, a 
J2xLP gatefold sleeve with a centerfold collage of their friends 
land a DISORDER cover for bonus punk points. (PB) 
|(Mind Control, 1012 Brodie St, Austin, TX 78704) 



ITERVEET KADET - "Doomed Alien Race" CD 

Have been wishing these guys would just hang it for their 
I last couple records - I'm not sure if it's entirely fair, but that 
I impression hung with me as I listened to this as well. For how 
I important they were in their 'day', what they've done in the 
I last six or seven years does nothing to enhance their reputa- 
tion. Formulatic, metal tinged hardcore. Nothing exceptional 
lonce you're past the name. (TM) 

■ (Alternative Action, PO Box 174, 11101 Riihimake, FIN- 
LAND) 



THE TONE DEAF PIG-DOGS - "Too Early To Tell..." EP 
Crazy, goofy, fun, and a PRINCE cover! What more 
could you ask for? This is awesome! THE TONE DEAF PIG- 
DOGS sound a lot like how I imagine the BANANAS would 
sound if they were ever sober enough to play their songs. If you 
can't imagine what that sounds like, it sounds like fast fun 
punky music, and that's just what this is. (HD) 
(Hospital Records, 812 Holcolmb Bridge Rd, Norcross, GA 
30071) ' 



THE TONICS - "Looking For The Good Times" CD 

Good, clean fun delivered with spunk and enthusiasm by 
these aged Canadian punkers. This dreamy '60s flavored pop 
surf rarely delves into dissonance or distortion, with heavy 
organ and guitar reverb flowing freely. You'll be disappoint- 
ed to find out that "Stupid Girl" is really "Scooter Girl", but 
their instrumental "Battlestar Galactica" is a superior twirl- 
ing kaleidoscope of innocent energy and the forte of this 
keenly arranged disc. Trivia buffs note: the special hidden 
track sounds like a bad outtake and isn't worth the effort The 
TONICS would be bitchin' for teeny bopper beach parties, 
but anyone easily nauseated by pop should avoid them at all 
costs. (HM) 

(Lance Rock Records, 1223 College Dr, Nanaimo, BC, V9R I 
5Z5, CANADA) 




THINGS I HATE - "Double L" 
EP 

This record is so fresh! If I 
had to commit I'd say it's early X 
sounding, not in a sense of being a 
ripoff, but because there's some 
really intriguing guy and gal vo- 
calizing, and some superfast songs 
that are not all bassy and over- 
produced. It's sharp and angsty 
and punk as fuck, but definitely 
something you're not sick of al- 

|ready.Getit!(GS) 

I (Severance Records, 2736 SE 27th Ave, Portland, OR 97202) 



TOMORROW'S GONE - "Fad- 
ed Grey" EP 

I'm so happy to see some 
vinyl out on this "on again- off 
again" L.V.H.C. (that's Vegas 
band. Though rumor has it that a 
debauched tour ended this line- 
up, they just might hold on to 
what they have. Their CHAIN 
OF effluence that doesn't take 
away from their own sXe type 
thing. Production sounds great 

I you can hear all instruments but each part sounds good and 

I raw like a hardcore band should. (TJ) 

I (Element, 6142A N. Compton, Indianapolis, IN 46220) 




TOTAL FURY - "Spring Thrash" EP 

This Japanese band has the "Skins, Brains and Guts" I 
SEVEN SECONDS sound nailed down. Fast and thrashy yet 
very catchy, with tons of energy. Thirteen songs, so you're 
definitely getting your money's worth. (RM) 
(Dan-Doh Records, Honmachi 2-1-21, Palms Bid BF, Kochi 
Citry 780, JAPAN) 



TRAVIS CUT - "No Good With 
Words" EP 

Another great release from 
this UK pop punk outfit that can 
be lumped in there with CHOP- 
PER and SKIMMER in the qual- 
ity and sound department This 
stuff needs to catch on bigger 
over here since the US pop punk 
scene needs a bit of a kick. Rec- 
ommended as usual. (RL) 
(JSNTGM Records, 51 South- 
bourne Rd., Blackpool, Lanes, FY3 9SH, ENGLAND) 



TRUNK - "Yank To Release" EP 

Fast, energetic, and just melodic enough, these are three 
excellent songs in the LAGWAGON mode. I say "three," 
because the fourth cut, a cover of Steve Miller Band's "The 
Joker," shouldn't count Am I the only one who can't stand 
straightforward covers of disgusting studio rock from the 
'70's?? At least TRUNK had the decency to put it last so you 
can run in and get the needle off there in time whenever you 
play it Which should be often, because I love this record, and 
it's going into my frequent rotation pile. (GS) 
(United Records, Beechbank Cr. #71, London, ON, N6E 2P1, 
CANADA) 




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|2 LEFT HANDS/UPSTAIRS PEOPLE - split EP 

This is a split of 2 decent French bands doing 2 decent 
I songs. 2LH are in more of a BAD RELIGION hardcore vein, 
land UP do the pop punk thing. I preferred UP. It sounds as if 
I there are speed wobbles on the 2LH side. Anyhow, not bad. 

(BG) 

(Pakalolo Records, 18 Bis Rue Du Clos D'en Haut, 78700 

Conflans Ste Honorine, FRANCE) 



VOICE OF REASON - "Common Goals Fall" CD 

This is a 12 song CD of melodic hardcore with flat, I 
spoken lyrics. It is really not that bad when it is hardcore, but 
when the melodies come in it starts sounding really cornball. 
I did not like it (CW) 

(United, 71 Beechbank Cr., Unit 71, London, ON, N6E 2P1, | 
CANADA) 



lUNHOLY GRAVE - "Terror" EP 

Man, do these grind freaks ever slow down to let us catch 

lour breath? It seems every month these guys have something 
new out You like AGATHOCLES? You like FEAR OF GOD? 

I You like crazy-ass high pitched vocals over 1000 mph grind- 
core? You like UNHOLY GRAVE. (MW) 

I (Blurred Records, 482-1 Naka, Kambara, Ihara, Shizuoka 
421-32, JAPAN) 



|THE UNHOLY THREE - "She Told Me Things..." EP 

Blistering three chord hardcore played at breakneck 

Ispeed. Singer's vocals sound a lot like RAW DEAL/KILLING 

I TIME of NYHC fame. Not moshable, but plenty of anger here 

I on this release. Well worth picking up for hardcore fans. (CW) 

(Rubber City Records, PO Box 8349, Akron, OH 44320-0349) 



WHO CARES? - "Killing Me" EP 

They're from Florida. They play pop punk, thrash, and] 
ska. They sing about love and sound like GREEN DAY and 
NOFX. (TB) 

(Hot Sauce Records, POBox 372116, Satellite Beach, FL| 
32937) 



WEST SIDE BOYS - "The Oi Years" LP 

This French outfit which has been around since 1990 or I 
'91 plays really traditional oi along the lines of COCKSPAR- 1 
RER and SHAM 69, with bursts here and there of the thrash- 1 
ier sound that came to the fore in this scene in the early '80s. 
This is a solid release from start to finish with my only gripe I 
being that the vocals are a little low in the mix. Overall though, | 
another winner for... (RM) 

(Vulture Rock Records, PO Box 40104, Albuquerque, NM | 
87196) 



I UNNATURAL AXE - "Is Gonna Kick Your Ass" CD 

Great punk rock from Boston circa 1978. This includes 
| their great 1st single as well as other odds and ends. 14 tracks 
I with most being pretty good to great although not everything 
Ion this is as rocking as the 'killed by death' hit "Hitler's 
iBrain". A good addition for you US punk historians. (RL) 
(Lawless Records, PO Box 689, Hingham, MA 02043) 



| VIOLENT SOCIETY - "Times Of Distraught" CD 

This is the best I have heard from this band. If you have 
(disqualified them before give another listen. CHAOS UK 
Imohawks, boots and sound. Good pogoing music. (TJ) 
(CI. Records, 739 Manor St., Lancaster, PA 17603) 



ZEN GUERILLA - "Trouble Shake/Change Gonna Come" 
Imagine my surprise to find these guys who I remem^ 
bered as a slight funky inclined band from Philly, on AT and I 
sounding like this! Both songs are sorta variations of the whole 
JACK-ON-FIRE/DOO RAG thing but instead of being fil- 
tered through the blues, its being strained this time through I 
big noise rock and soul (?) or gospel(?). Whether the vocal 
parts here are for real are maybe sampled is real hard to teU. 
Nevertheless, the A side is a loud thing with some old timey 
type gopel chanting, and the combo is real nice. The B side 
sounds like a SAM COOKE type gospel tune (no kiddin' here) 
and actually is a hell of a tune with some real impassioned 
singing. Again, I am confused whether it's sampled or if this 
band has that good of a singer. Regardless, this shit is real good | 
and quite surprising. (JY) 

(Alternative Tentacles, PO Box 419092, San Francisco, CA | 
94141) 



| VISUAL DISCRIMINATION - "Serial Killers" - EP 

Where do these bands come from? Fast, speedy hardcore 
I from Cudahy, CA. Nothing too spectacular in the music 
I department, but reading the lyrics, I was a bit more stoked on 
I the personal, and somewhat political lyrics on the insert 
I Check it out for yourself, I am in a bad mood today. (LU) 
Deep Six Records, 4915 Cecilia St., Cudahy, CA 90201) 



ZOINKS! - "Well And Good" LP 

Well played pop-punk (in the East Bay style) that sounds 
like all the bands that so many want to imitate - GREEN DAY 
and ALL come to mind - but totally lacks any soul. Catchy 
guitars, cutesy vocals, well produced, etc. If you're into for- 
mula pop-punk, you'll need this. I find it completely lacking in 
originality. (KK) 
(Dr. Strange Records, PO Box7000-117,AltaLoma,CA 91701) 



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ZYCLON ZEROS - "Obsessed 
& Pathetic" EP 

Slow to midtempo punk 
rock with spoken/sung lyrics 
about laziness, private property, 
and Osaka skins. But the song 
about "Mad Scientist" was the 
best on here with a good, catchy 
riff. Funny guys singing about 
funny stuff. (MM) 
(Cyclone Records, 24 Pheasant 
Run, Merrimack, NH 03054) 



V/A - "A World Full Of Friends (The Best Of Repent Records 

Volume Two)" LP 

BOU SOU NEZUMI from Japan, THE FRUSTRA- 
TIONS from Arizona (with Heath from THE FELLS), THE 

KNOCKOFFS from Sacramento, THE STALLIONS from 

New York, and THE HOOKERS from Kentucky comprise 
I the lineup in the LP that follows up the "Winners Of The 
I Vincent Price Look-a-Like Contest" in Repent's patented 

'Five leading bands, fifteen previously unreleased songs, one 
I low price" series. Most of the songs here are real winners, with 

the standouts being THE KNOCKOFFS cover of "500 Miles" 

(not the PETER, PAUL AND MARY version, thankfully) and 

THE STALLIONS version of "Come On Over". If Ihadn't got 
lone of these records for free, I would have had to go out and 

buy one. (CH) 

(Repent Records, 535 Stevenson St, San Francisco, CA 94103) 



| V/A - "Atrocity Government Culination" CD 

Hmmm, this CD is a compilation of tracks meant for split 
|7"s that never came out The bands that were supposed to be 

on those 7" are: URBN DK, CRIPPLED BASTARDS, 

P.E.L.M.E., and THE DREAD. Unfortunately, scrounging up 
I leftover tracks and deciding to release it as a compilation CD 
lis about as bright as mixing unknown medication to cure a 
I headache. Either way, both are most likely to induce vomiting. 
IGTA should stick to classic re-issues. (JF) 

(Grand Theft Audio, 501 W Glenoaks Blvd #313, Glendale, 

CA 91202) 



V/A - "Bad Stain Records" CD 

Like most comps, there are a few winners here mixed I 
with a lot of losers. Twenty-eight tracks by punk bands from 
the US that attempt to rock you, and I do stress the word 
attempt Standouts are WELT, FERD MERT, DRUNK 
IN PUBLIC and 30 FOOT FALL. Extra points for the song 
title "I Shot 2 Pac." Suffers from poor production in a thrown | 
together package. (MS) 
(Bad Stain Records, PO Box 35254, Phoenix, AZ 85069) 



V/A - "Born To Lose Soundtrack" CD 

I wonder if this is actually a movie. I would probably see I 
it, though the soundtrack is just mediocre. Great stuff from 
THE JONESES and THE MODERN LOVERS and other 
good stuff from ZEROS, WHITE FLAG, TEXAS TERRI & 
THE STIFF ONES and then more from STOOGES, LAZY 
COWGIRLS, THE SPOILERS, FANCY LADS. (CK) 
(Bomp/Alive Records, PO Box 7112, Burbank, CA 91505) 



V/A - "Deep In The Throat Of Texas" LP 

Whoa. In the sea of illegitimate 'reissues' where one song I 
gets plucked, here's a proper reissue of six rare, classic slabs 
of Texas punk. Back in the early days - 1978 to 1980, there 
were bands like AK47, The NEXT, DOTVAETH, UN- 
CALLED 4, REALLY RED and VAST MAJORITY stirring 
up trouble in the Lone Star State. Here are complete singles 
from those bands, with totally extensive liner notes, lyrics, I 
pictures, recollections and so forth. Great package, and just 
hearing "The Badge Means You Suck" again made my day. 
Kudos. (TM) 
(Existential Vacuum, PO Box 49984, Austin, TX 78765) 



V/A - "Desperate Teenage Lovedolls" CD 

Happiness is. ..the rerelease of the soundtrack from the I 
1984 movie, reissued with extra tracks and an an interview 
with Jeff and Steve McDonald of REDD KROSS (whostarred 
in the movie) from its opening night Classic recordings from 
the early '80s L.A. scene including (mostly) REDD KROSS, 
SIN 34, WHITE FLAG, BLACK FLAG, NIP DRIVERS and 
more. The record has been out of print and hard to find for so | 
long, I think even vinyl elitists will appreciate this. (RY) 
(Sympathy) 



I V/A - "Autopsy Mayhem Hard Sound Pt 1" CD 

Tom from the infamous Trainwreck Studios compiles 
| one doozy of a hardcore, fast-core, power core CD comp. He's 
[been known for recording everyone in the greater Bay Area 
Ithat's heavy, fast, and powerful. The bands included 
(AGENTS OF SATAN, NOOTHGRUSH, JENNY PICCO- 
LO, D.B.E, BENUMB, UTTER BASTARD, SHEDWELLAZ, 
I plus 4 others) are just a taste of the massive list of bands that 
I came to him for salvation. After your ass gets kicked by this 
I comp, not only by the bands but the production, you'll know 
I why he's the new king on the block. (MW) 
(Trainwreck, PO Box 112151, Campbell, CA 95011) 



V/A - "Doin' Snuff With Roy Scherer" LP 

Two bands from Illinois. THE FOUR SQUARES play | 
decent hardcore with MINOR THREAT inflected vocals. 
They're no hacks, some cool basslines, etc, but your heart is I 
not going to go leaping out of your chest to soar o'er hill and 
dale after you listen to them. TOUCAN SLAM are just the 
sort of thing I try to steer clear of. Weird transitions, kooky 
stops in every song, a little bit funky, spazzy drummer. Like a 
broken limb in the SCHLONG family tree. Fine musicianship 
and all, it's just not for me. Fans of pot and Probe records will 
dig this. (JN) 
(Shazam, 802 N. Silver St Olney, TL 62450) 



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|V/A - "Gross, An Arizona Punk Compilation" EP 

Hey 5 pop punk bands on one EP, not bad. The bands 
I have a fresh take on the material. SECTION 8 is more towards 

hardcore, butPLINKO, The MAGOOS,and SMALL APPLI- 
lANCES all have good pop-punk tunes. I've never heard 
ISPACEMAN SPLIFF before, but they sound like contenders. 

(MC) 
I ($3 ppd: Workchop Records, PO Box 16202, Phoenix, AZ 

85011) 



V/A • "No Future" EP 

Four bands "fighting the Cleveland Curse", whatever I 
that might be. One can only guess... BIG NEW PLAID are 
trebly,minimal punk/hardcore, the SNARKOUT BOYS sound 
as if they recorded their "Vietnam" song in the depths of a 
wind tunnel; the UNKNOWN lay on the harmonics; the 
MORMONS toss out some neat "manic thrash" with lyrics 
about "injuns" that are maybe best left unread. An interesting 
enough regional artifact. I guess I haven't done much to | 
combat the "curse". (JH) 
(PO Box 771402, Lakewood, OH 44107) 



IV/A - "Iron City Punk. Vol II" CD 

Comp of bands that hail, I assume, from Pittsburgh, PA. 
lYou've got 16 bands here mostly doing either post MINOR 
JTHREAT '80s hardcore or some type of oi punk with some 
I deviations here and there. High marks go to ANTT-FL AG who 
Ido 2 songs both different both great, one a ragin' street punk 
I thing and the other a UK 1977 type thing. Also cool song by the 
I SPLITS and the stick-out-like-a-sore-thumb-but-thankfully 
so goofy pop punk of the FRAMPTON BROS. You've also got 
STEELMINERS, SUBMACHNE, REAGAN SQUAD, etc. 
I etc. Also good luck in finding this thing, no info, no addresses, 
■just a generic b&w photo and the bands and songs listed, 
lnuthin else. (JY) 
I (no address) 



V/A - "Oi/Skampilation Vol #3" CD 

Another great Radical Records release. These comps are I 
always the shit. Packed full of really great bands doing really 
great songs. Some ska, some streetpunk, some Oi. What else 
could you want in a comp? Although all twenty-three songs 
are really really good. I'd have to say that my favorites are the 
DROPKICK MURPHYS, the DUCKY BOYS, the UNSEEN, 
and CHECKERBOARD CHARLIE. All and all a great comp. | 
Expect no less from Radical Records! (AT) 
(Radical Records, 77 Bleecker St. #C2-21, New York, NY| 
10012) 



I V/A - "It Should Of Been A Record" CD 

This is a compilation that brings a smile to my tired face. 
I Almost all the songs are cute little pop melodies about falling 
I in and out of love and getting drunk. All the songs seem really 
I innocent, except for the MISFITS cover by the INVALIDS. 
Nevertheless, the pop punk rants of THE CONNIE DUNGS, 
THE NIMRODS, THE BLOCKHEADS and THE CAMP- 
JFIRE GRRRLS stand out as the best tracks on this compila- 
tion of sixteen different bands. (HD) 
(Ape City Records, 306 Beechwood Dr, Haveleck, NC 28532) 



V/A - " Oi! Rare + Exotica" LP 

Here is a collection of oi pearls from around the world I 
that spans two decades. You have REICH ORGASM from 
France in 1983. You have PS YCHOTERROR from Estonia in 
1996. COMANDO SUICIDA gives you some rough and tough | 
oi from Argentina in 1987. And there's much more. (BR) 
(no address) 



I V/A - "Mega Fisch Hits" CD 

All of the songs on this comp have been previously 

I released, but they are either good or great. The best tracks on 

Ithis twenty five song hodgepodge appear courtesy of 

CHELSEA, HOSTAGES OF AYATOLLAH, LOVE SCUDS, 

BARBARELLA, THE LURKERS and THE GAY CITY 

I ROLLERS. Their individual styles range from three chord 

I punk to oi, ska, country and new wave and for the most part 

I the songs are sung in German. Pretty cool. (RM) 

(Weser Label, Postfach 150 231, 28092 Bremen, GERMANY) 



V/A - "Pogo In Der Gegengeraden" LP 

It's what the world's been waiting for - a comp LP of I 
songs about football (soccer for you yanks) from Germany, of I 
all places. There's a couple of bands from outside the land of I 
Lederhosen, and luckily WAT TYLER are on here, playing I 
for England (two world wars, one world cup, Hans!) AH styles 
are represented here, but the standouts are the anthemic 
chants that could almost have come from the terraces, like 
"When Saturday Comes" from NO LIFE LOST, the opening 
track and my favorite. Other bands are NO EXIT, JET 
BUMPERS, PUBLIC TOYS, THREE O'CLOCK HEROES, 
the KICK JONESES, and more. As with any comp, this is hit | 
and miss, but more hit than miss. (AM) 
(Wolverine Records, Benrather Schlossufer 63, 40593 Dussel- 
dorf, GERMANY) 



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|V/A - "Punk Rock Makes the World Go Round" LP 

...and all this time I thought it was 'love'. Twenty-four 

I bands from under-represented countries such as Estonia, 
Liechtenstein, Singapore, and Slovakia (PSYCHOTERROR, 
CAULIFLOWER, MANIACS, and SCUFFY DOGS, respec- 
tively), as well as Germany and Italy. Non-household names 
ZONA A, GAROTOS PODRES, KOKSKA GLAVA, 
GRAZHDANSKYA OBORONA and ALERGIJA fill out the 

lline-up. An even mix of raging hardcore and less-than-over- 
whelming punk rock, but at least you won't have to see them 
on MTV. (JH) 

iTeenage Rebel Records, Wallstr. 21, 40213 Dusseldorf, GER- 
MANY) 



V/A - "Release 2" CD 

A four band Japanese hardcore comp that holds its own I 
without pulling out any surprises. All the bands are heavy, | 
energetic, and (my personally favorite attribute), fast thrash. 
LESS HAZE, CRUCIAL SECTION, SHIKABANE, and I 
FLAME all deliver speed and power. In keeping with the | 
typical Stinger Records format, it's a 3" CD in a 3"x6" case. 
(MW) 

(Stinger Records, 402 Sky-Haitsu, 4-14-17 Nakamachi, Koga- 
nei-Shi, Tokyo 184, JAPAN) 






I V/A - "Punker Than Your Mother" CD 

Wow! Thirty-seven songs! Thirty-seven bands! That's 
I right, thirty-seven bands from all over the place playing their 
I tunes. And great tunes they are! Of course there are always the 
I few songs on a comp that blow, but I wont name those. And of 
I course there are always a few songs on a comp that I'll hail as 
Imy favorites, like the PEACOCKS, VOO DOO GLOW 

SKULLS, STINKAHOLIC, and THORAZINE. And there's 
■ always one band that does a shitty cover. In this case it's 

WICKED doing "Angelfuck" by the MISFITS. I think WICK- 
|ED needs a kick in the ass! All in all, this is a great release from 
Imy pals over at Soda Jerk! Oh yeah, 1) the whole comp is ska 
land punk, and 2) Don't pay more than 10 bucks or you're 

gettin' fucked! (AT) 

(Soda Jerk Records, PO Box 4056, Boulder, CO 80306) 



V/A - "Rat Town Comp #1" EP 
A nicely put together four 

I- band comp from Florida. Start- 
/fyhw^Kr I * ng °^ tne recor d was I 2 

\(r' rfi^sl I FLUID Oz., a mediocre kinda 

Vjjg^TjjjSK I band that sounded better when 

S%f]S§?irl I I had it at 45 rpm. Next up is 

ggiPU^ I JUG OR NOT, a pretty good 

I band that reminds me of a thick- 
er version of SICKO. After that 
we got RINGWORM who sound 
completely like PANTERA mixed 
I with PAVEMENT. Kinda cool, but still too metal. And last but 
I not least we have the T.J. HOOKERS which easily take the 
I cake on this record. Coming through with two great songs that 
I remind me of BACKSIDE. Easily worth your money. (AT) 
(Rat Town Records, PO Box 50803, Jax Beach, FL 32240) 



| V/A - "Reality Volume #2" LP 

Bob's really outdone himself this time - fuck. Feel like I 
I could just list the bands and let the release stand on its own. 
J You get a crosssection of many of the best hardcore bands in 
I America at the moment - unbelievable lineup. I'll get out of the 
I way and let you know what you're in for - ASSHOLE PA- 
RADE, EXCR. TERROR, DYSTOPIA, INFEST, DESPISE 
YOU, L.O.I., GASP, SUPPRESSION, NOOTHGRUSH, NO 
I COMPLY, SPAZZ, PURGATORIA, M.I.T.B., CAPITAL- 
1 1ST CASUALTIES, STAPLED SHUT, ENEMY SOIL, E.T.O., 
IB.A.T, and C:###. Whew! (TM) 
|(Deep Six, PO Box 6911, Burbank, CA 91510) 




V/A - "Sanjam" CD 

I'm not sure of the title of this CD since it only lists the 
bands on the international compilation. Those bands are: 
DIVIDE AND CONQUER (USA), LEE MAJORS (Fr), 
ETERNA INOCENIA (Arg), and JUGGLING JUGULARS 
(Fin). All four bands play heavy yet melodic HC in a late 80's 
style. With LEE MAJORS coming closest to a pop punk 
crossover style a la NOFX. What isn't important is the title, 
what is important is the ordering info below. (JF) 
($10 ppd: Yann Dubois, 9 Rue Des Mesanges, 35650 Le Rheu, 
FRANCE) 



V/A - "Satorial Elegance" EP 

Free record that comes with the zine of the same name. 
Four bands, including the BOYZ NEXT DOOR doing a cover I 
of "Top Secret" (I can't fucking remember who does it orig- 
inally). LIGHTNING BEAT doing a Germanic, lo-fi version 
of the BEACH BOYS with just a guitar, distorted vocals and 
the "...oooh, oooh'" background vocals and is hands down the 
coolest thing on here. JUNK MUSEUM and a kooky, catchy 
thing from FIFI AND THE MACH FIVE round out the col- 1 
lection. (JY) 

(Axel Gipseking, Buchfinkstr 18, 32425 Minden, GERMA- 
NY) 



V/A - "SoutheastHardcore, Fuck 
Yeah" EP 

Whoa. I've got no com- 
plaints about the shit that got 
assigned to me this month - awe- 
some, ('cept perhaps for that A.C. 
single, but whatever). Authorita- 
tive compendium of what's going 
down in the Southeast - which is 
to say, a lot. Representin' here 
are EURICH (how do they do 
it?!) PALATKA CAVITY AN- 
SOJUAN (R.I.P.), ASSHOLE PARADE (time for another I 
tour!), END OF THE CENTURY PARTY, and IN/HUMAN- 
ITY (doin' A.F.!). Great package as well - solid keeper here. 
(TM) 
($3.00 ppd: Jason T., PO Box 13673, Gainesville, FL 32604) 




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I V/A - "Suburban Underground Conspiracy Kids" EP 

Teen chaos comp. Four minimalis tic, crappily-recorded, 
I bands. JACOB HAM present a fairly righteous SMITHS 
[cover, THE SMELTS conjure up a riot grrl song and a funny 

'Stand By Your Man" cover. THE DIMES are punky and raw 
Iwith awesome vocals that reminded me of SOUP. 

THE BABYSITTERS CLUB are as juicy as a holiday ham. 
I Sloppy, funny, irreverent, tuneless vocals, right on. A comp 

put out with the ideal of punk kid unity at heart, so get behind 

it before it gets past you, eh? ( JN) 

(S.U.C.K., 1360 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301) 



V/A- "Thrash Ahoy!" EP 

Red Fucking alert! 14 Japanese fast-core bands on one I 
EP doing an uncountable amount of blur-core songs. Killer 
tracks by NICE VIEW, UNHOLY GRAVE, ROMANTIC 
GUERRILLA, ARGUE DAMNATION, and a bazillion oth- 
ers. This is what hardcore is all fucking about All hail Thrash I 
Ahoy. (MW) 

(Thrash Ahoy, JH 549, 825 Ishihata, Mizuro, NishitamaJ 
Tokyo, JAPAN) 



V/A - "Taking Liberties" EP 

A four band split 7" bene- 
fiting the Anarchist Black Cross. 
You get a nice hand-screened cov- 
er, informational inserts, a lyric 
booklet, and fat chunks of noise 
from UNHINGED (Belgium), 
SUFFER (England), SEEIN' 
RED (Holland) and OPSTAND 
(France). Blistering hardcore, a 
good cause, and one of the best 
bands in the world - you can't go 

wrong. (AM) 

(Kleines Madchen, c/o Brochier Stephane, Quai de la Tour, Bt 
|H2, 78200 Mantes-la-Jolie, FRANCE) 




V/A - "We Will Destroy Your Town" EP 

Actually, two bands share duties on this one. SEMPRE- 
FRESKI pack five songs onto their side of the EP, mostly fast,] 
powerchord-fueled punkers with a great feel for melody — 
familiar, but rough enough along the edges to sound fresh. 
MERRYGOROUND has three tunes, all girl-vocal tunes with I 
rambunctious, if muddy guitar work and a lot of energy; the I 
tunes here don't seem to have the lasting power of their | 
record-mates. All in all, slightly above average for the A -side. 
(SS) 
{Lower Punk, Via Monteverdi 43, Palermo 90145, ITALY) 



I V/A - "The Forty Ninth Parallel" CD 

Six bands each from Canada and the U.S. (the title refers 

I to the line that divides those two countries) share this CD. It's 
pretty hit or miss by my tastes - the good stuff is great (ACRID, 
SWALLOWING SHIT, THREE STUDIES FOR A CRUCI- 
FIXION, SUBMISSION HOLD, MK ULTRA, THO KO 
LOSI, INEPT, RESIN), the lesser stuff (STILL LIFE, KAREN- 
ZA, ELIOT ROSE WATER, GATES OF DAWN) was just 

jthat. All told, it's a good comp - there's way more good than 
bad, which has become unusual in comps nowadays. (TM) 
($6.00 ppd: Lake Erie Hi-Fi, 1325 Warrick Dr, Ashtabula, OH 
44004) 



V/A - "What's This Shit Called Punk" EP 

How does one review a fucking tribute album???? It's I 
too hard!!!!! What am I supposed to say???? "Oh yeah, that 

band is doing a good job, sounds just like the original" 1 1 

mean what the fuck!!!!! Tribute records completely suck 
balls!!!! So this one is just like all the rest......oh, by the way, 

this is a PAGANS tribute EP with THE AGGRAVATORS, 
NEW BOMB TURKS, QUAZI MODO, SLAK and 
SOLID STATE IGNITION.... and most of these bands sound 

very close to the original versions.... so there you have 

it....yawn... (SW) 

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|V/A - "This Is The Life Vol. 2" CD 

How does MCR do it? They consistently put out surpris- 
ingly good records from unknown grind and thrash bands 
I from all over the world. Where do they find them? This CD is 
Ian all Japanese compilation of 14 bands including the BRAIN 
EATERS, CARRIE, TERRIBLE HEADACHE, MUCUS, 
LINGUIST, MONARCHIE INFERALE, CRUCIAL SEC- 
TION, KENNA-KICK, SECURITY BLANKET, PLUTONI- 
UM, TOTAL FURY, OFFSIDE TRAP, DEMESNE, and I.R.F. 
The music is all over the place with a steady assault of 
I everything from crusty stenchcore to New York style hard- 
Icore. None of the bands caused me to jump out of my panties, 
I but overall this is more hit than miss, and worth a listen. (RC) 
I (MCR c/o Sound Pollution, PO Box 17742 Covington, KY 
41017) 



V/A - "Wir Sind Schalker" CD 

Unbelievably great Every track on here is good. Ger-I 
man football theme songs featuring PILS ANGELS, LOKAL- 
MATADORE, RUHRPOTTKANAKEN & HINKS. Punk/oi 
sing along stuff, some ska, and nudity! One of the best compi- 
lations of the year. I'm not kidding. (TB) 
(Teenage Rebel Records, Wallstr. 21,40213 Dusseldorf, GER- 
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Between The Lions 



Reviews by: (JA) Jen Angel, (LB) Lily Boe, (JO Jeremy Cool. (MD) Mikel 
Delgado, (RD) Raphael DiDonato, (TD) Timothy Doran, (GF) Gardner Fusuhara, 
(JF) Jodi Feldman, (HH) Harald Hartmann, (JH) Jeff Heermann, (MJ) Mary Jane, 
(AM) Allan McNaughton, (JM) Jeff Mason, (RM) Raimundo Murguia, (AR) 
Aragorn, (TD Travis T, (LU) Leah Urbano. (CW) Charles Wolski, (JW) Joe 
Whiting, (KW) Kelli Williams. (JX) Jux, (TX) Trixie. Specific criticisms aside, it should be 
understood that any independent release deserves credit for all the work and money going into it. 



Just a quick reminder, when you send in your zine for review please include the following 
information: number of pages, method of printing, and the price. This will help us and you. 
We will not review mainstream rock magazines, even in the guise of 'zines (like a few majors 
are attempting to pull off), poetry, swim suit magazines, hippie new age politics, etc. The 
scope of coverage isn't as narrow as it sounds, but you have to draw the line somewhere. 
Believe it or not, this isn't an easy job deciding what gets reviewed or listed and altogether 
rejected. Consistency is impossible in a situation like this. Thanks a lot, Mikel and Jen. 



ALL LIQUORED UP #1 / $1 .00 ppd 

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 - copied - 63 pgs 
I guess I've built something of a reputa- 
tion for myself - I'm starting to get the 
"drunk" 'zines for review. For one buck 
you'll get dozens of mixed-drink recipes 
(including wine-based cocktails, which 
turns my stomach even to consider), in- 
structions on making beer and wine at 
home, and a bunch of those drinking 
games that never seem to come off prop- 
erly. My advice would be to get this rather 
than the "Playboy Party Guide" because 
it's cheaper and the hand-written text is 
cute as all-get-out. "Ways to Get Alcohol 
if You're Underage: 1 . Get someone over 
21 to buy it for you". Charming. (JH) 
1 04 Union St. / Nelson, BC / V1 L 4A2 / 
Canada 

AMSTERDAM CHRONICLE Vol 1 # 

3/ $5 

6x81/2- copied - 20 pgs 
This goes to prove that it's not just our 
USA that's all fucked up. This issue at- 
tacks the government on restricted immi- 
gration, the growing division between the 
rich and poor, and the persecution of 
cannabis consumers. Does this look fa- 
miliar? The editors are pissed off and I like 
that. I also like the format. Although sparse, 
it's a nice change from what I usually see 
and focuses all the attention on the arti- 
cles. (TX) 

Kanaalstraat 66-huis / 1 054 XK Amster- 
dam / The Netherlands 

AMUSING YOURSELF TO DEATH 

#7/ $2 

8 1/2x11 - printed - 24 pgs 

All about zines. This person reviews lots 

and lots of zines. Tons of stuff. Nicely 

done. The editor's writing is lively and 

engaging and he makes the zines he 

reviews sound interesting. Also he does 

zine mailorder. (TD) 

Ruel Gaviola / PO Box 91934 / Santa 

Barbara, CA93190 

ANOTHER BORED KID #3 / ? 

5 1/2x8 1/2 -copied -28 pgs 



There's some reprinted comics in here, a 
punk rock word find, some short articles 
about drinking and masturbation, zine re- 
views and some other reprinted stuff. This 
was a quick zine, and didn't bore me, so it's 
ok by me. (JO 
41 8 Wales St. / Iowa City, I A 52245 

ANOTHER TRENDY BONANZA #3 / 

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8 1/2x51/2- copied - 24 pgs 
A funny, quirky little fanzine with a whole lot 
to say about the society we live in. Most of 
it is rather astute commentary that struck 
rather close to home with me. Despite the 
shoddy printing job and being rife with spell- 
ing errors, I was able to thoroughly enjoy 
Another Trendy Bonanza's silly memories 
and rants on everything ranging from Mc- 
Donalds to love. By cleaning up the layout 
this could be something great! (RD) 
698 Meadowview 
Dr. / Sherwood 
ParkAB/T8HICI/ 
Canada 

ASSWINE#1 /$2 

ppd 

51/2x8 1/2 -print- 
ed - 48 pgs 
The problem I have 
with comics is that 
while I can appreci- 
ate the amount of 
time that goes into 
the artwork, it usu- 
ally only takes me 
five minutes to read 
one. Carrie McN- 
inch's Asswine (a 
compilation of old 
and new comics), 
however, is huge! 
Because the piec- 
es were done over 
the span of a few 
years, there are different visual and writing 
styles that make me stop and examine each 
one instead of zipping through like usual. 
McNinch has a good sense of humor about 
herself which makes these personal stories 




so great. And yes, the artwork is out- 
standing. Recommended. (TX) 
Migraine / PO Box 2337 / Berkeley, CA 
94702 

AZMACOURT#1 /$2 

5 1/2x81/2- copied - 44 pgs. 
I thought this would be good since I have 
punkfriendswithasthma, but there wasn't 
much in here about asthma - they're 
looking for submissions. Bad poetry, 
boring prose, and too many reviews. If 
they expand on the asthma theme, this 
could have potential. Free to asthmatics. 
(MD) 

Marc & Lydia / PO Box 890535 / Oklaho- 
ma City, OK 73 189 

BEANS AND FRANKS #9 / $1 

8 1/2x51/2- copied - 32 pgs 
Here's a tip for wannabe zinesters: don't 
start sentences with 
"Then I.... "Variations like 
"And then I...." won't cut 
it either. I'm all for using 
boredom as inspiration 
for doing a zine, but if all 
the writing is about how 
boring things are, it's just 
too tedious to read. Un- 
fortunately, that de- 
scribes this issue. There 
are long accounts of 
shows and fights that hap- 
pened there, of a car trip, 
of just hanging out and 
letters about people I 
don't know. I'm sure this 
has lots of appeal at a 
local level but there's just 
not enough here for peo- 
ple who don't already 
know the scene or peo- 
ple involved. (TX) 
PO Box 1851 /Pensaco- 
la, FL 32589 

BEANS AND FRANKS #10/$1 or 3 

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8 1/2x11 - copied - 64 pgs 

Compilation issue of their favorite pieces 



from issues 1-9. Includes a little bit of 
poetry, some clever collages, and weird 
introspective stuff about traveling, quirky 
friends and surreal situations, featuring 
ceramic farm animals, an abandoned out- 
house, bmx biking, bowling, and some 
nebulous postcards sent by one of the 
authors. A good sampling of some wacky 
stuff. (KW) 

PO Box 1851 /Pensaco- 
la, FL 32589 

BETTER OFF DEAD 

#2 / $ 1 ppd 

8 1/2 x 11 - copied -28 

pgs 

A very good second is- 
sue. A kind of mini-MRR 
with columns, reviews, 
ads and interviews with 
UK Subs and Anti-Flag. 
There's a really good sto- 
ry about two little pigs, I'll 
let you figure it out...(JX) 
1627 Brickell Ave. #2101 
/Miami, FL 33129 

BIG DEAL LOSER #5 / $1 .50 

8 1/2x51/2- copied - 42 pgs 
Although well written, Big Deal Loserwas 
rather disappointing. It's quite fun to read 
in the sense that the writing style is 
enjoyably relaxed and simplistic, but the 
stories and rants are, well. . . not too inter- 
esting. While I'm sure there are legions of 
avid zine readers who will be absolutely 
enthralled to read about the time Loud- 
mouth put the shower curtain on the 
wrong side of the shower, or the boy in 
Joey's class who looks like a girl, I am 
simply not one of them. (RD) 
33 Emerald St. / Ronkonkoma, NY 1 1 779- 
2772 



thick and packed with lots of small, yet 
readable hand written stories. When' you 
have a fat zine like this stuffed in your back 
pocket, you feel a bit wealthier than anyone 
within miles. The majority of the stories are 
based on things that happened to " Krieble " 
when he was surfing with his posse in So- 
Cal and going to a weird high- school in the 
middle of the desert (that encouraged stu- 
dents to bring in guns!), 
all from a smart and fun- 
ny punk angle. Poop and 
clown stories are an add- 
ed bonus. A gem, a riot. 

cm 

Krieble c/o Paul E. / 
1450Centinela#4/Los 
Angeles, CA 90025 



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CHOLESTEROL JUNKIE #7 / $1 50 

ppd 

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 - copied - 32 pgs 

This isn't too bad. It features interviews 

with Mike Park and Ferd Mert, articles on 

TV evangelism, shit (as in feces)and grade 

school teachers, among other things. 

There's also zine and record reviews plus 

letters and more of the usual zine fare. 

You've seen it before, you'll see it again 

(as will I), but it's an entertaininqdf short) 

read. (JO 

PO Box 1 1 6 / Long Lake, MN 55356 

CIVILIZACION VIOLENTA #6 / $1 

or trade 

6 x 8 1/2 - copied -32 pgs - Spanish 
Lots of high energy in this small zine from 
Argentina. There are interviews with the 
bands Garlands Room, Libertad Perdida 
and Makia Subversiva plus a scene re- 
port from Puerto Rico. There are also 
plenty of reviews, some columns and 
plenty of interesting ads. (HH) 
Pichon / CC 1768 / (1000) BS. AS. / 
Argentina 

CRAP HAPPY #3 / $1 ppd 

5 1/2 x 6 1/2 - copied - 30 pgs 

This zine fuckin' rocks! First of all, it's 



CLUMSY ENVY OF 
THE FUZZY SELL- 
OUT #5 / $1 ppd 
8 1/2x11 -copied- 14 

, pgs 

I kind of like this zine a 
J lot, considering how 
' strongly I disagree with 
most of the editor's opinions. I really appre- 
ciate the lack of shitty filler. What's left is his 
piece on the Amish, a good mail interview 
with Nova Scotia's Disabuse, a three page 
manifesto of his beliefs, some Church of 
Satan reprints, and a mail interview with 
Canada's Socialist Labor Party, in which 
they sound dumb. The conservatism in Ben's 
editorials really puts me off, but he says 
repeatedly that he is open to discussion on 
these ideas. So if you wanna get mad, or 
you agree "without order, freedom is lost" 
(in regard to dictatorships), send the buck. 
(JM) 

1921 Campbell Ave. / Poco, BC V3C 4T1 
/ Canada 

CRAP O RAMMA #6 / $1 ppd 

5 1/2x81/2- copied - 28 pgs 

The highlight here is the centerfold, called 

"Coolest Crap of the Month," with it's 

cutout fake tattoo. Other portions focus on 

jobs, jobs and shit-jobs. There's also a 

good, long interview with the Blue Meanies, 

and ends with horoscopes and personals. 

A good piece of crap. (JX) 

PO Box 19554 / Portland, OR 97280 

CRUSH DUCHESS #2 / $2 

8 1/2x11- copied - 56 pgs 
How can you not love this zine? It has 
everything your heart could desire: mag- 
gots, pro wrestlers, a dork by dork analysis 
between the Spice Girls and New Kids on 
the Block, tequila cocktail recipes, and a list 
of weird Hollywood deaths and suicides, 
among other things. The layout ain't much 
to look at, but the writing is funny and 
sincere. Warning: don't read this at work, or 
you'll get suspended for non stop snicker- 
ing! (KW) 

Paula Ketcher/RR1 Box 140/Stilwell OK 
74960-9801 

DAMYATA #4/2 stamps 

8 1/2x51/2- copied - 36 pages 

I read an earlier issue of this and liked it, but 



at first I thought this one was too way out 
for me. It's full of meandering feminist/ 
personal writing and fiction. Once I start- 
ed it, I got really into it. There is a great 
article on the editor's sister who is men- 
tally disabled. (MJ) 

Sera Bilezikian / Box 4056 / 3001 Broad- 
way / New York, NY 1 0027-6598 

DESTROY #2 / $4.00 ppd 
8 1/2x11 - offset - 44 pgs 
Snot-nosed spiky-haired bullet belt and 
studded biker'sjacketpogoingpunkfuck- 
ing rock here, with almost every word in 
upper case so it looks like EVERYONE IS 
ALWAYS SHOUTING! Attitude laden 
interviews with Blanks 77, 25 Ta Life, 
Doom, Stalingrad and writer/publisher 
George Marshall, as well as never before 
published interviews from the eighties 
with Poison Idea, Half Life and Misery. 
That's just the start of everything that's 
packed into this issue, so I recommend 
you put that bottle of cider back on the 
shelf and save yourscrounged tuppences 
for this. (AM) 

PO Box 1 1 22 / Bristol / BS99 2HX / 
Avon / UK 

DOLL #10/ $6 

11x81/2- printed - 1 48 pgs - Japanese 
This jam packed zine is loaded with ev- 
erything you would want if interested in 
the Japanese punk scene. There are 
plenty of band interviews this issue high- 
lighting Agnostic Front. There is also an 
article on the Fuji Rock Festival. But this 
zine will best appeal to those interested 
in collecting vinyl. There are hundreds of 
great ads and mail order lists. Call this 
zine a compendium. (HH) 
Boy / 3-59-9 Kohsah Minami / Suginami- 
Ku / Tokyo 1 66 / Japan 

DOLL# 121 / $10.00 ppd 
8 1/2x11- printed - 1 48 pgs - Japanese 
What can I say about this that I haven't 
already said before? It's big, it's thick, it's 
glossy, it's in Japanese. As usual there's 
tons of great photos and page after page 
of interviews with bands from all over the 
world. The Adolescents, Oxymoron, Dan- 
zig, Blue Meanies, Spazz, and Yosu-ko to 
name just a few. Too bad the only English 
is on the cover, but at least it's nice to 
look at. (JW) 

No. 303 Aota Building / 3-59-9 Kita, 
Kohenji Minami / Sujinami-ku, Tokyo / 
Japan 

DOWNSTREAM DISCOURSE #2 / 

3 stamps 

8 1/2x11- copied - 22 pgs 
This New England zine features letters, 
an essay arguing that humanity is "pre- 
dictable" , an interview with Chelloveck 
4, and a christian guilt trip, the latter being 
my favorite. Jane G. tells us in confes- 
sional style about how she put her image 
as a good parent before her god, and 
didn't realize her dissatisfied feelings 
about herself. She ends her story with 
the chestnut "Jesus made us and he 
loves us just as we are, unconditionally 



Who wouldn't want to worship a god like 
that?" Well, Jane, your ironclad logic 
convinced me, where do I sign up?! No, 
I'm kidding, this zine blows. (JO 
PO Box 31 81 / Vernon, CT 05066-2081 

DRIVER'S SIDE AIRBAG #28 / $4 

8 1/2x5 1/2 -printed- 60 pgs 
Primarily poetry by a wide variety of peo- 
ple. Lots of " take my tongue / and lick me 
my man. / I am foresworn / and the girl 
cried / the girl wept" - type poetry. Teeth, 
tongues, pain, screaming; poison, agony, 
bayonets, pierced scrotums, dead peo- 
ple; a hallucinatory Lee Ranaldo story; an 
interesting if short interview with Richard 
Meltzer; recipe cards described as "old, 
parched foreskins falling apart. " A postal 
worker's rant. Drawings - some good. An 
excerpt from a hardboiled journalist's di- 
ary which is available from the same 
address. Delightfully Los Angeles. (TD) 
Undulating Bedsheets Productions / PO 
Box 25760 / Los Angeles, CA 90025 

EARQUAKE #54 / $2 

6x81/2- copied - 28 pgs - French 
Interviews with America's Torn Apart, 
Stranded (from Ax-en-Provence), Tilt, Idle, 
the In Crowd. Also reviews of music, 
reviews of zines, and a review on Andrew 
MacDonald's racist "classic" The Turner 
Diaries. (Check out interview with Ear- 
quake's- editor in October MRR.) (TD) 
Frederic Leca / 88160 Le Menil / Thillot 
/ France 

EVADE #4 / $3 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - copied - 1 8 pgs 
I have known this zine existed, but I never 
knew how to get it. It is mostly a photo 
zine along the lines of the now defunct 
Intermission photo zine from the early 
90's. This is probably the best photo 
representation since the aforementioned 
zine. Just so you know what kind of 
photos are in here, they are all live band 
shots, and include Snapcase, Envy, Broth- 
er's Keeper, Despair, and tons more!!! I 
love this kind of thing, and until now it 
seems as if no one could pull it off. Inside 
there is not too much writing, but included 
are interviews with Ignite, and Sick of It 
All. I would like to see more writing, and 
more pages, because this looks really 
good, and could be a new fave of mine. 
Recommended for the pics alone! (LU) 
Rebecca Ransom/ 130 Windermere Rd./ 
Lockport, NY 14094 

FAST CONNECTION #4 / $3? 

8 x 1 2 - copied - 44 pgs. 
One of my all time favorite zines. It's 
obvious that a lot of heart and soul goes 
into this. Lots of great columns inside, 
topics ranging from the scene and the 
community to touring to riot grrl. There's 
a great article on Rudimentary Peni, inter- 
views with Bette Davis and the Bal- 
conettes, Atari Teenage Riot plus comics 
and reviews. Has the spirit of punk but a 
broader musical coverage than, say, the 
zine you're reading right now. Excellent! 
(MD) 



PO Box 54 / Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne 
/ NE6 5YW / UK 

FLAGBURNER #1 / $3.50 ppd 
A Finnish zine put out by a Swede and 
written in English... The focus is on political 
punk, with lots of talk about anarchy and 
interesting interviews with Charta 77, The 
Juggling Jugulars, Maniac Miracles and 
someone who does a web site about flag 
burning. Also features record and zine re- 
views, some poetry and a story about her- 
oin. Cool first issue. (AM) 
Janne Nystrom / Kuusmiehenpolku 6A / 
00670 Helsinki / Finland 

GLOSSOLALIA #7 / $2.00 ppd 
8 1/2x11 - copied - 62 pgs 
A 'zine that begs to be hated, a move that 
usually inspires little more than indifference. 
At least they give the new LP by the re- 
formed Misfits the lousy review it so richly 
deserves... an interview with the Lazy Cow- 
girls, a first-person account of working in 
the menial end of the pom video industry, 
record reviews, coffee-shop fiction, a laun- 
dry list of reasons why San Francisco liber- 
als suck (why bother even writing about it?), 
and a 'deconstruction of rock' by the edi- 
tor's Classical Composer father. And there 
you have it. You might be able to get to the 
post office before five if you leave now. (JH) 
4470 W. Sunset Blvd #425 / Los Angeles, 
CA / 90027 

GROW TOGETHER #0 / $2 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - copied - 30 pgs. 
A really earnest zine that deals with sexism 
from a boy's per- 
spective, which is 
always good to see. 
Stuff like sexism in 
skate company ads, 
a couple songs the 
ed. wrote, show re- 
views, the usual 
lefty stuff. Emo. 
(MJ) 

Jonas / 1 1 Whitby 
Cir / Lincolnshire, 
IL 60069 

HAZLOTU MIS- 
MO - #1 / $1.50 
ppd 

8 1/2x11- printed 
- 14 pgs 

There's not a whole 
lot to say about this 
zine out of Argenti- 
na because there's 
not a whole lot to it 
other than inter- 
views with J- 
Church, Restos 
Fosiles and a cou- 
ple other bands, as well as zine and record 
reviews. There's also a couple of columns 
which ranged from informative and enter- 
taining to slightly boring. If your curious 
about the scene in Sudo America and un- 
derstand Spanish you might want to give 
this a quick read. (RM) 
CC 21 3 Sue. 12 B/ (1412) Buenos Aires/ 



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Argentina 

HECTORS BAG OF FISH - #9 / $1 

ppd 

7 1/4x103/4- printed - 1 6 pgs 
Hmmm... the best thing about this is the 
home brewing piece that kicks things off 
then this falls into the interview and re- 
view rut. Not to say those things are bad 
it's just that I can get that type of stuff in 
just about any zine I chose to pick up 
these days. As far as specifics the inter- 
views are with Little Mission Heroes and 
The Business. (RM) 

1 6783 NW Greenhoot Rd / Yamhill, OR 
97148 

HOOFSIP #34 / $2.00 ppd 

8 1/2x11 -copied -26 pgs 

More inspired lunacy from these folks. 
The highlight of this issue is the Vandals 
interview, where the band are presented 
with a number of photographs and asked 
to comment on tnem. This is both novel 
and hilarious! There's also a bunch of dick 
stories (in response to a MRR review 
which called them sexist for featuring 
boob stories), a look at the connections 
between The Who and Pablo Picasso 
(and there are many) and an interview 
with Kelley Deal. Pretty interesting. (AM) 
3505 Lakewood Dr/ Waterford, Ml 48329 

INFILTRATION #5 / $1 
5 1/2x81/2- printed - 24 pgs 
Pick of the month! This issue of " the zine 
about going places you're not supposed 
to go" features urban spelunking - that is, 
subway tunnel ex- 
ploring. There's a 
ton of info all about 
how to, where to, 
when to, with what 
to, and most impor- 
tantly what not to. 
It's incredibly well 
written, well re- 
searched and 
there's even back- 
ground information 
on these historic 
caves. All the expe- 
ditions are docu- 
mented with maps 
and photos that 
make me want to 
dress like a cat bur- 
glarandslinkaround 
beneath the city too. 
I love zines that do 
that! Highly recom- 
mended - I'm sub- 
scribing. (TX) 
PO Box 66069 / 
Town Centre PO / 
Pickering, ON Can- 
ada /L1V6P7 

INDEPENDENT PUSSY #3 /$1 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - copied - 1 6 pgs 
This is a super feminist grrl power zine 
that rocks! this is the first feminist zine 
that I've seen in awhile that has been 
informative, creative, and interesting. This 



issue has stuff on women's health, vege- 
tarianism, domestic violence, and more. 
Avery solid, motivating zine. (LB) 
PO Box 2804 / Tulsa, OK 741 01 -2804 

INTERBANG #6 / $2 

8x 10 1 /2 - printed - 48 pgs 
Another Ohio effort. Better-than-average 
writing from a hard-thinking pro-women, 
pro-queer vegetarian straightedge guy. 
Anti-racist and pro-prostitution stuff; a 
fine prose poem by one Suzie Lameass; 
an intriguing interview with one Michael 
Novik of People Against Racist Terrorism 
in which Frantz Fanon is praised and poor 
misunderstood ex-Marxist renaissance 
man Lyndon LaRouche is referred to as a 
white-power rightwinger. (TD) 
PO Box 671 / Ravenna, OH 44266 

I STAND ALONE #8 / $2 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - offset - 32 pgs 
Well, when I first got this to review a few 
issues back, I had a few things I wanted to 
see improve as this zine grows. Adele has 
made this zine rock, with its sincerity, 
fearlessness, and quality. It is so cool to 
see zines change over time, and this one 
has by leaps and bounds. This issue has 
interviews with Torn Apart, Disciple, Trial, 
and By The Grace of God. I especially 
enjoyed the questions that repeat in the 
interviews, such as "What's the saddest 
you've everbeen?" Personal, tactful, and 
real is all I can say about this zine. (LU) 
PO Box 321 / Buckner, KY 40010 



JERSEY BEAT #60 / $2.00 ppd 
81/2x11 -offset- 120 
pgs 

Provincial jerk that I am, 
I've never read an is- 
sue of Jersey Beat 
even though I'm aware 
of its reputation. I n - 
eludes 'Nitwits in the 
Pit" (some extremely 
hectic stories of punk 
shows gone horribly 
wrong), Ben Weasel's 
picks and pans for the 
'97 television season 
(really!), many many re- 
views and interviews, 
among them the sec- 
ond-lease-on-life Bush 
Tetras, and much more 
reading material. Great, 
well-written and "brim- 
ming with enthusiasm, " 
as they say. (JH) 
418 Gregory Ave. / Weehawken, NJ 
07087 

JOIN KAO #4 / $2 ppd 

8 x 1 1 - newsprint - 48 pgs 
I didn't want to review this zine. Really, 
I do not know why, I just didn't have the 
patience to read the small type. Jen said 
to just do it, so like a good kid, here I 
am. ..After reading it, I am glad I did. This 
zine is chock full of stuff! Interviews with 
Slug and Lettuce zine, Dead Stool Pi- 



geon, Brainbombs, Stale, Frodus, and 
Merzbow. This hails from Denmark, and is a 
quality read. Nice layout, scene reports, 
columns, and an all around great energy. 
Reminds me a little of HeartattaCk, which is 
a good thing. Cheap, and worth the two 
bucks. (LU) 
PO Box 2003 / 91 00 Alborg / Denmark 

KILL BOREDUMB#1 /$ 25 + 2 stamps 
8 1/2x51/2- copied - 36 pgs 
Stowe vents his frustration with the fucked 
up world around him, speaking on daily 
turmoil such as getting picked on and beat 
up, hanging out in diners, his friend getting 
killed in an auto accident, uptight people at 
punk shows, hanging out with racist trash- 
ers and getting firecrackers thrown at him in 
"the ghetto" among other things. He is 
sincere and able to express his frustrations 
very well, but in the closing of his zine he 
says fuck you to all the "whiners", and I 
wonder why he put out a zine like this. Yet, 
I would still recommend checking this out. 
Sometimes it's nice to hear somebody just 
go off about this death machine society 
around us, and the price is nice. (TD 
103 S. Laurel St. / Richmond, VA 23220 

LICK #3 / $3.00 ppd 
5 1/2x81/2- copied - 52 pgs 
A split with Twitch Happy, another comic 
'zine that shares some of the same contrib- 
utors and subject matter (mainly penis-ob- 
sessed mini-comics - you'd really be 
amazed). Some neat stuff, some less-than 
amazing, at least they're doing it. Both 
'zines suffer from the 'read it in four minutes 
and file it away' syndrome that plagues 

comics in gen- 
eral. (JH) 
70 Brewster St. 
/ Coventry, CT 
06238 

LICKET Y 
SPLIT #2 / $1 

ppd 

5 1/2x8 1/2 - 
printed - 44 pgs 
This is an excel- 
lent comic strip 
type of zine with 
the drawing 
styles resem- 
bling those 
you'd find on the 
Sunday funnies 
page. All the 
strips are really 
interesting and 
many of them 

down right hilarious with "Maniacal Flower' 

being the best of the bunch. Well worth a 

buck. (RM) 

PO Box 2642 / West Lafayette, IN 47906 

LIFE IS SUFFERINGS /$1 or3stamps 
8 1/2x51/2- copied - 44 pgs 
This is a very honest and autobiographical 
zine, dealing with the author's tortured life 
of depression, death, drug addiction, and 
self loathing. This may sound like a waste of 
time to read, but in the end, after reading 



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every frustrated story, you can't help but 
feel like you understand the guy, like he 
established a bond with you. I respect 
this fella because through all this bullshit, 
he still has hope, and a fire of revolt in him, 
giving tips on shoplifting, postal scams, 
bomb manufacture, and getting revenge 
on people. (TT) 

Steve / PO Box 1 70 / White Plains, NY 
10603-0170 

MADSOUL #3 / $2.50 ppd 
8 1/2x11 -copied - 36 pgs 
A well drawn, autobiographical comic 
book with stories about growing up punk 
in the '80s. The story lines are good and 
the artwork is lots of fun to look at. I'd 
love to see the first two issues of this, 
and will probably send in for #4. (JW) 
Available from WOW COOL, but there's 
no address. Oh well. 

MARRIED PUNKS #1 1 / $1 ppd 
8 1/2x11 - copied - 24 pgs. 
Mediocre zine with an interview with Un- 
clench, book, record and zine reviews 
and some okay writing on journalism law 
and fighting your shitty boss. Tries to be 
controversial with lots of porno clippings 
and idiotic guest columns about Chris- 
tianity and how we should have National 
Hetero Day since we have Coming Out 
Day.. .not really interesting to me at all. 
(MD) 
PO Box 71 3 / Eureka, CA 95502 

MULTIBALL #12/ $2.50 ppd 
8 1/2x7- printed - 60 pgs 
Another issue of the piunball lovers zine. 
This issue there is coverage of the Pinball 
Fantasy in Las Vegas, where participants 
play over 350 different machines free 
with admission. A good listing of other 
pinball oriented magazines, zines, as well 
as a listing of pinball tournaments. Also 
included here is an article on Mississippi 
nemesis Jerry Clower, and an interview 
with pinball game designer Louis Koziarz. 
An interesting read even for those not 
too keen on pinball. (CW) 
PO Box 40005 / Portland, OR 97240 

MYLXINE#11 /$2 

7x8 1 /2 - copied - 96 pgs. 
This zine is huge and awesome!!! It was 
so cool I assumed it was done by a 
woman, until I looked at the introductory 
page. ..oops. Lots of great writing on 
depression and coping with it. Interviews 
with Tinuviel of Villa Villakula, Exene Cer- 
venka, and Anti-Flag. Plus self defense, 
fighting the Klan, shitty jobs, Zora Neale 
Hurston, and more. It even looks good, 
too. Definitely worth checking out. (MD) 
PO Box 3086 / Pensacola, FL 32516- 
3086 

NO DIE #2 / $1 or trade (trades pre- 
ferred) 

5 1/2x81/2- copied - 24 pgs 
A well meaning mini zine that wants to jolt 
apathetic punks into activism but fizzles 
out. There is the usual filler: ads, record 
reviews, clip outs, etc. Some of the bet- 



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ter stuff is about the relationship between 
pacifism and violence: fighting fire with 
fire against the people who use violence 
against us. However, the editor should 
practice what he preaches, applying work- 
place scams for something more innova- 
tive than the usual punk zine. Good luck. 
(KW) 

Jasen / 1508 Third St. / Duarte, CA 
91010 

OCTOBER 23, 4004 BC #1 / $1 

8 1/2x11 - copied - 20 pgs 
This is great! Everything you love about 
teenage ackwardness, smartness and 
angst. Actually the content falls more into 
the realm of funny stories with an anec- 
dotal edge but I laughed out loud on 
several occasions (a rarity indeed!). The 
story about streaking through the local 
supermarkets was particularly wonder- 
ful. My only hope is that this person does 
not move to a big city and become totally 
ruined by the humorlessness and sophis- 
tication. (AR) 
33122 Santiago / Dana Point, CA 92629 

PARANOY #17/3 stamps or $1 ppd 

4 1/4x11 - copied - 24 pgs 

This issue of Paranoy is all about friend, 
maybe I'm just an antisocial freakor some- 
thing, but this girl's got tons of them! Each 
page is about a different one of her friends 
and is full of enjoyable little stories about 
their friendships. This zine has a very nice 
feel to it, very.... friendly. Well I guess 
that's the point. (LB) 
Amanda / 1477 Leonard St. / St. Peter, 
MN 56082 

PASTE #1 /$2ppd 
7x8 1 /2 - copied - 20 pgs 
Optimistic zine with a transcript of a round 
table conversation at Yale with Team 
Dresch and Bikini Kill that's pretty cool, 
working at the copy place complaints, 
comics, and an interview with a guy who 
started AS220, is an artistic co-op. Also 
zine reviews. Okay, but it's kinda 
academic. (MJ) 

Matt Obert / 350 Webster Ave. / Cran- 
ston, Rl 02920 

PAU 79 #2 / $1 .00 ppd 

5 1/2x8 1/2 -copied- 18 pgs 

This is the third zine with the same format 
that I got this month. The columns are all 
a paragraph or less, and don't say much, 
the "Fun YM Punk Pop Quiz" isn't, and 
the "10 Commandments" of punk are 
pretty dumb, but it could get better. Hope- 
fully, It will. (JO 

3215 Ala Mima St. #608B / Honolulu, HI 
96818 

PISS FUCK DOOM! #3 / $2 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - copied - 30 pgs 
So I picked this up, and was brought back 
to when I first did a zine. This looks a lot 
like it, and I am proud to say that cut and 
paste still lives! Interviews with our own 
Bay Area madmen, Spazz, and of course 
Black Army Jacket. I didn't particularly 
enjoy the comics too much, but the inter- 



views are definitely coming from the point of 

view of an extreme fan. That is the cool part 

of this zine. Grassroots is what it is all about. 

Expensive, but a nice concept nonetheless. 

(LU) 

Jason / PO Box 725 / Hudson, NH. 03051 

PLEASE DON'T FEED THE BEARS 

#1 /$2ppd 

8 1/2x51/2- copied - 56 pgs 
This is awesome! Subtitled "A Vegan 
Cookzine For The Culinarily Impaired " , this 
is like a more personable — ^^— ^— 
version of Soy Not Oi! or m . 

Bark And Grass. Great in- fill I 
traduction, great commen- IM\* ■*• ' 
tary, ("please, learn from #12 
my mistakes, that's what SH"? 
I'm hear for"), great music 
suggestions, and though ' 
haven't tried any of the 
recipes yet, they look good. 
This is not preachy, it's not 
by some stuck up sxe veg- 
an kid, it's just an attempt 



ing. The thing that sets this apart from the 
typical rant, interview and review type 
zine is the comic strip at the end. The 
person who does it kicks butt ass a comic 
artist and could very well be working for 
Image, Marvel or DC and the story line is 
interesting as well. Like I said the rest of 
the zine is run of the mill stuff but I'll 
recommend this for the comic. (RM) 
Casilla de Correo #71 / Codigo Postal 
1714/ Ituzaingo, Buenos Aires / Argen- 
tina 



copied - 



to share information and gl 
have fun. Highly recom- 
mended. (JA) 
Brad Misanthropic / 507 
W College Ave #5 / State 
College, PA 16801 

POOL DUST #27 / 

$2.00 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - newsprint - .44 pgs 

Well, Chris is back from Indonesia and 

instead of taking a break he's dropped right 

back in with a new issue - well, not entirely 

new. We're going to have to wait for the 

stories from his travels, because this issue 

is almost entirely devoted to reprints from 

issues 1 to 20, complete with tons of skate 

photos. If you joined late, like I did, this is a 

cool look back at the Northwest's raddest 

skate zine. If four wheels on concrete is 

your thing, check this out. (AM) 

PO Box 41 9 / Tempe, AZ 85280-041 9 

PRUSSIANS GLORIA / $4 

8 1/2x6- copied - 40 pgs - German 
This issue entitled Suburbia has some ex- 
cellent articles on chicken farms, elderpeo- 
ple during the Nazis era, "The Milkbar" in 
Amsterdam, a story of worker sabotage 
plus an interview with the band The Swoons. 
(HH) 

Jugendtreff / Ludwig-Jahn-Str. 1 2 / 3851 8 
Gifhorn / Germany 

PUNK MONKEY #1 / $2.00 ppd 
5 1/2x8 -copied -32 pgs 
Another one of those 'zines from an unlikely 
location (Hawaii, this time) leaning toward 
the slap-and-paste clip-art end of things. 
Interview with Disfunction, "Walter the 
Kung-Fu Clown From Hell " , and more news- 
clippings on the dearly-departed " Heaven's 
Gate" cult, and no staples (another pet 
peeve)! (JH) 
728 Coolidge #14 / Honolulu, HI 96826 

QUEPASA?#1 /? 

7x8 3/4 - copied - 14 pgs - Spanish 
This zine out of Argentina is fairly interest- 




t « mm RAPID FIRE #16/ 

1 nfl i $2.00 ppd 

$2.50 40 pgs 

Punk rock and motor- 
cycles - two great 
tastes together at last! 
This is a cool zine from 

* New England, featur- 
5 ing reports on motor- 
j cycle rallies from the 

guy who writes the oc- 
casional biker column 
for MRR, and inter- 
5 views with Total Cha- 
i os, Showcase Show- 

* down and the man, Al 
r Quint of Suburban 
» Voice. The whole thing 
| is rounded out with ex- 
tensive record and 

show reviews. An interesting read and a 
glimpse of an unfamiliar culture. (AM) 
RD#1 Box 3370/ Starksboro, VT 05487- 
9701 

RATS IN THE HALLWAY #5 / $1 

ppd 

5 1/2x8- copied - 52 pgs 
This issue opens with a bunch of columns 
that range from OK to underwhelming. 
Then there are in person interviews with 
AAA, the Vandals, AFI, and local bands 
Son of Sam, Hate Fuck Trio, and Uphol- 
low. The HFT one was good but the 
others are pretty pointless, with the same 
"funny" typical questions asked of every 
band. Why are you running interviews 
you describe as "shitty"? Also a comic, 
maze, word search, ads, and some FNB 
reprints. The best thing I can say is, "no 
reviews." (JM) 

Stefan Wild / 5109 S. Elk Ridge Rd. / 
Evergreen, CO 80439 

RAZE THE WALLS donations 
5 1/2x81/2- copied - 40 pgs 
This is a prisoner resource guide that's a 
clearly utilitarian gift for someone that 
you may know who is behind bars. Being 
supportive of prisoners has become (sad- 
ly) passe but is one of the most humane 
kind of activism's that I can imagine. So 
send this group money, devote time to 
the resources contained within, and hell 
raze the walls. (AR) 

PO Box 22774 / Seattle, WA 98122- 
0774 



ROOMMATE STORIES #2 / $2 

8 1/2x5 1/2 - copied - 48 pgs 



2.00 



Like the name says, sordid tales and dark 
exposes from the world of shared hous- 
ing. These stories all had me remember- 
ing my own days of playing housemate 
roulette, and reminded me of why I live in 
my own place now. Alternately funny and 
sad, if nothing else it will let you know how 
lucky you are, or at least that there is 
someone out there suffering as much as 
you. (JW) 
1 549 Sanborn / San Jose CA 95 1 1 



/ 



SABORS FUNZINE #1 

$.50 
ppd 

6 3/4x8 3/4 - copied - 20 pgs 
- Spanish 

Another zine from Argentina 
and like the other one I review 
in this issue there's not much 
that distinguishes this from 
the pack. The layout is really 
sloppy and unimaginative and 
the rants cover ground that's 
been trod over a million 
timesCgoing vegan, NoFX 
sucks, ect...). Now all this isn't 
inherently bad it's just like I 
stated before their's nothing 
that interesting or new. If 
you're a zine junkie I sup- 
pose... (RM) 

Casilla de Correo #48 / Su- 
cursal 4 / Codigo Postal 1 449 
/ Buenos Aires / Argentina 



SARTORIAL ELEGANCE #1 / $5 

ppd 

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 - copied - 60 pgs 
This is a a German zine that infects you 
with its enthusiasm for the garage scene. 
It's written in English and comes with a 
comp. 7". Anyway, it's packed with stuff 
- films, bands, reviews, interviews with 
this crazy guy, Lightning Beat Man, and- 
tons of bands. There are some girl bands,, 
surf stuff, etc. It comes with all the requi- 
site big breasted pictures, which is kinda 
lame but also just kitschy. Anyway, I'm 
not even into this scene but this made me 
share the guy's enthusiasm. If you're into 
garage, you'll dig it and learn about lots of 
European bands. Trashy and cool. (MJ) 
Axel Gieseking / Buchfinkst. 1 8 / 3245 
Minden / Germay 

SCENERY #6 / $1 ppd 

8 x 7 - copied - 26 pgs 
This zine is too fucking deep for me. 
These oddly written half poetry/half prose 
pieces in barely legible cursivy gothic 
print just were not cool. In addition to this 
weird writing, there are descriptions of 
many Southeast hardcore bands, none of 
which sound particularly interesting. Well, 
this is laid out in a way too wacky, messy 
way which is just not working and ends up 
making everything pretty unreadable. 
There might be some good material in 
here somewhere, but I sure couldn't find 
it. (LB) 

Mike / PO Box 14223 / Gainesville, FL 
32604 



SEMEN LICE #6 / free 
11x17 -printed - 8 pgs 
Revolutionary, seditionist Cincinnati news- 
print rag calling for "destroying the estab- 
lishment," and "offing pigs," as well as 
"views on the scene," a most amusing 
mock-advice column on drug etiquette, in- 
terviews with Geriatrix and Pincushion, and 
a humorous board game. Probably indis- 
pensible for Cincinnati punk-types. (TD) 
Vicki Graham / 261 1 Vine St #E / Cincin- 
nati, OH 45219 



jFANZINE REVIEWsl ^ 



PASTE No 




SUMMER 1997 



7-11 #5/ $.75 
5 1/2x8- cop- 
ied - 44 pgs 
This zine has a 
lot of character. 
It's got a lot of 
one page 

"state-of-mind" 
type stories - 
shitty job, walk- 
ing around ear- 
ly, finding coffee 
in the suburbs, 
etc. I know 
these topics 
have been done 
but they 

seemed fresh 
here. So did the 
road trip to Sac- 
ramento, found 
(?) notes, and 
Chick tract reprint. Plus the insightful anal- 
ysis of Bon Scott's lyrics, and the drawing 
of the traditionally-dressed native American 
guy holding a sign, "deport illegal immi- 
grants." Not too deep but well worth 75 
cents. (JM) 

Grist Milling / PO Box 771 402 / Lakewood 
OH 44107 

SHREDDING MATERIALS 1 /$2ppd 
81/2x11 - printed - 56 pgs 
What's the difference between this zine and 
Punk Planet? Not much. This is a music 
oriented zine put out by one person. The 
interviews are short and range from the 
Promise Ring to the Descendents to Boys 
Life and Mineral. Some of them are good, 
but some of them are very run-of-the-mill. 
There is also a short DIY piece on marking 
your music on the internet (a little lacking) 
and one on gambling, and some short record 
reviews of course. Lots of big ads and 
Epitaph is on the thanks list. Nothing to 
make this stand out, unfortunately, except 
for the good diversity in the bands inter- 
viewed. (JA) 
2515 Bidle Rd / Middletown, MD 21769 

SILENT MAJORITY #5 / $2 ppd 

8 1/2x11- copied - 40 pgs 
The bum deal that "farm" and laboratory 
animals get is the theme here. There's 
plenty of info / statistics, though I wish the 
editor had listed the source(s) for this stuff. 
Also two fiction pieces from the point of 
view of animals getting shot / killed by 
humans. Maybe I'm just sympathetic but 
these weren't as bad as most fiction I read 
in zines. Also an interview with Propagandhi 



and reprints from their CD. The interview 
is good cuz the band has good things to 
say but the reprints are a little much. 
Something creative from the editor 
could've been better, eh? I wanted to like 
this, but I've been reading a lot of good 
zines lately, and in comparison this one's 
a yawner. (JM) 
#317 Hallet Hall / Boulder, CO 80310 

SKIROCORE #7 / $1 0.00 ppd 
8 1/2x11- offset - 64 pgs 
This issue included a letter addressed to 
the dear, departed "Nazi Pigface Arse- 
hole Serbian Rapist Mr. Matt Average! 
Fuck you, I'm from the Balkan area!", so 
you know their hearts are really in the 
right place. I guess the ten bucks is to 
finance the editors growing White-Out 
addiction and to pay off international cus- 
toms - who knows. Gruesome, twisted 
comics, interviews with Three WayCome, 
Cannibal Corpse, Brutal Truth, Cripple 
Bastards, Final Exit, and much more gen- 
eral insanity. Proceed with extreme cau- 
tion - your very life may be endangered. 
(JH) 
Brsljanova 1 / 1 330 Kocevje / Slovenia 

SLUG AND LETTUCE #50 / 55c 

11 x 1 6 - newsprint - 1 6pgs 
Somehow, Chris manages to make this 
essential networking two personal and 
awesome every time it comes out. Com- 
mentary or personal writing often seems 
awkward in zines of this type (informa- 
tional/music oriented), but Chris is 
insightful. Too bad there's only a short 
introduction this time. Good reviews and 
lots of classifieds, and of course some 
great photos. Who could have guessed 
that there would be a big photo of Avail 
on the front page? Always Recommend- 
ed. (JA) 

Christine Boarts / PO Box 2067 / Peter 
Stuy. Stn / New York, NY 10009-8914 

SMELL OF DEAD FISH #44 / $2 

8 1/2x11- copied - 48 pgs 
Yet another installment of the impossi- 
ble-to-keep-up-with Smell Of Dead Fish. 
Another jam-packed issue full of the trials 
and tribulations of Skott's travels, this 
time coming through the Bay Area. 
There're way too many events to specify, 
but needless to say, there's a whole lot of 
reading to be done here. (RD) 

SNOTT #1 / free 
8 1/2x11 - copied - 44 pgs 
For a first issue, this is a bitchfest and a 
half. Anti-religion, anti-military, anti- 
Thrasher, anti-school, anti-cop, you get 
the picture. Lots of information and ad- 
dresses fornew activists, a revisioning of 
World War I history, and anti-authoritari- 
an collages give Snoff some positive 
points. For some, this is old hat but for 
others, it can be a real eye opener. (KW) 
Joey Alone / 4139 S. Wolf / Western 
Springs, IL 60558 

SOBRIQUET #8 / $1 .50 ppd 
8 1/2x11 -copied- 14 pgs 



The two bad things about this zine are its 
short length, and that half of it is record 
reviews. The columns are interesting and 
varied and there's a good interview with 
Vic Gedris of World Wide Punk (a punk 
web site). If this zine added some more 
content it could really become a punk 
threat. (JX) 
40 Quail Run / Long Valley, NJ 07853 

SOMETHING FOR NOTHING #37 / 

stamp 

8 1/2x11 -copied- 12pgs 
Noway. It can't be... it is! This is a full on 
Christian zine. Wow, I've never seen one 
of these before. Hey, how come Jesus 
can't eat M n'M's? They keep falling 
through the holes in his hands! No, but 
seriously folks, most of this zine is occu- 
pied by columns that tackle such hard 
hitting subjects as abortion (anti) and 
prayer (pro), and travel journals from a 
christian festival called Cornerstone '97 
which provided a scary bit of insight as to 
just how many christian bands and zines 
actually exist (there's a lot). Christians 
seem to be a guilty Lot (get it, Lotf) as 
well. When they're not busy sinning, 
they're busy confessing their sins, and 
begging forgiveness. Doesn't sound like 
much fun. Idunno.tome "christian punk" 
is like decaffeinated coffee; it just defeats 
the purpose. (JC) 
516 Third.St. NE / Massillon, OH 44646 

STEADY DIET #9 / $3 ppd 

8 1/4x11 1 /2 - printed - 26 pgs 
This zine is definitely unique in that the 
text, which includes topics as diverse as 
religion, death metal, ska-core and crust, 
reads like one long conversation with 
those who were interviewed providing 
most of the commentary. On top of this 
there's a slew of record reviews including 
demo's and the clean layout style makes 
for an enjoyable read. Excellent. (RM) 
4 Mainstone Close / Redditch / B98 OPP 
/ England 

STY ZINE #25 / $2 ppd 

4 1/4x51/2- copied - 1 20 pgs 
Subtitled, " Postcards I've Known 93-95 " , 
the newest Sty Zine has finally arrived. 
This is just a collection of postcards Icki 
has gotten and it's not like a zine you can 
sit down and read. It's good to put next to 
the toilet so you can flip through it and 
read a few pages and look at the pictures 
every so often. In a way, reading some- 
one else's mail seems obtrusively per- 
sonal, but on the other hand it gives a little 
weird insight into life. A little taste of 
Americana, and a snapshot of a zine 
editor's life. Icki is one of the few people 
who could pull this off. (JA) 

Icki / PO Box 2192 / Bloomington, 
IN 47402 

10 CONTROL #1/2 stamps 

5 1/2x81/2- copied - 24 pgs 
Another in the long list of half size, poorly 
copied zines under 32 pages. This one 
leans to the crust side of things with 
interviews with Detestation and Goat Farm 



Distro (both of which were boring), record 
and gore movie (cool!) reviews along with a 
letters section (in the first issue?), ads and 
stuff. The best thing about this was the 
contribution from Half Empty's Ernst, who 
recounts a story of the glamorous Bay Area 
crust scene for those interested in checking 
it out first hand. Pretty funny stuff. (JC) 
3024 N Quincy St. / Arlington, VA 22207 

THE ASSASSIN AND THE WHINER 

#7 / $1 ppd. 

5 1/2x8 1/2 -copied- 16 pgs. 

My new favorite comic. I love her style and 

her stories - all about drinking and painful 

crushes and family and cats (so of course I 

like it). It's very engaging and real - highly 

recommended. (MD) 

PO Box 48 1 05 1 / Los Angeles, CA 90048 

THE CONQUEROR WORM #8 / Free 
5 1/2x81/2- copied - 24 pgs 
This is the "Stupid" issue, and as this is a 
Christian zine I'm tempted to say "every 
issue is the stupid issue" but I won't. De- 
spite the obvious drawback, this is actually 
a very funny zine. There are tons of little 
stories and articles on various aspects of 
stupidity, and most of them are pretty hu- 
morous (if not pathetic - like the guy who 
thought his 
computer 
mouse was 
a foot ped- 
al.) The 
parts that 
touched on 
Christianity 
a p - 
proached a 
semblance 
of common 
sense, but 
don't tell 
me homo- 
sexuality is 
a "sin" and 
don't pa- 
tronize me 
with that 
"hate the 
sin, love the 
sinner" 
crap... you 
must feel 
really sorry 
forall those 
heathen 
buttfuckers 
who are 
going to 

hell, huh? Anyway, a good read all the same. 
(AM) 
8415 Franklin #25 / Clive, IA 50325 



Fanzine Reviews U * 



LWar Crime #6 




a little better, and there could be more 
essays, but who's complaining? Great 
first issue, and thru time I am sure will be 
one of the better out there. ..(LU) 
8 Sunset Ct. / Montville, NJ. 07045 

TROLL #1 / stamps 

3 1/2x5 -copied - 20 pgs 

Tiny but informative zine that focusses 
primarily around Troll distro and Smokin 
Troll, Pete Troll'slabel. It ends up working 
as a mini newsletter about all the latest 
news concerning British punk rock and 
punk zines, all of which have an anarcho 
slant. Good little article encouraging oth- 
erfellow Brits to get off of their lazy asses 
and contribute to their local scene, which 
also provides some helpful pointers on 
how. Great zine for anyone into keeping 
up to date on the British punk scene. 
(CW) 

48 Llwyn Bueno / Bontnewydd, Caerar- 
von LL555 2UH / UK 

TWENTY BUS / 20c & I'd send a 
stamp 

4 1/4x51/2- copied - 1 6 pgs. 

Well, I avoid the bus at all costs, but I still 
got a kick out of this. It's all about riding 
the Muni here in SF, which is more often 
than not an adven- 
ture. The drunks, fa- 
mous people, the 
waiting, the freaks, 
and yes, even death. 
I especially loved the 
bus phobias cartoon 
- 1 have them all. Very 
cool. (MD) 
PO Box 17061 2 /San 
Francisco, CA 941 17 



THROUGH THESE EYES #1 /$2 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - newsprint - 56 pgs 
Hmm....not bad for a first issue. Actually 
this is pretty damn good. Interviews with In 
My Eyes, Strife, Redemption 87, 97 A, and 
Purpose. Interviews are long enough, and 
pretty diverse in terms of different styles of 
music. SxE, but not imposing, these really 
have a nice thing going here. Pics could be 



TYPOGRAPUNX 

#2 Bb / $? 
51/2x81/2-copied 
- 1 6 pgs 

For an editor who 
claims to be ob- 
sessed with typogra- 
phy, this issue is 
somewhat disap- 
pointing. Of course, 
the form is beautiful 
but the content is a 
little thin. The words 
seem there just for 
the editor to rear- 
range. And with a lot 
of talk about aesthet- 
ics, I expected a 
greater variety of 
fonts. There's an interview with a font 
designer, but his artwork is inexplicably 
missing, as is the font that inspired a two 
page rant. For a "Bb" issue, there isn't 
much to do with that letter either. I guess 
I just don't get it. (TX) 
1 5 Churchville Road #1 1 5 - 1 63 / Bel Air, 
MD21014 

UNSTABLE #1 / $1 ppd 

5 1/2x81/2- copied - 38 pgs 

I wasn't really impressed by this, and was 

going to put it in the listings, but I wanted 



to mention one thing in here that really 
made me awake while I was on the bus 
reading this zine. Before I go into it, this 
zine talks a lot about skateboarding, and 
has a bit of music and some writings that 
are just mediocre on the scale of common 
interest. What got my attention is a per- 
sonal article written by a girl named Nikki. 
The article is titled "The Life of a Teenage 
Junkie. " The story starts at the age of 1 3 
with this girl and proceeds on to the 
present, in which now I believe she is 1 7 
or 1 8. She tells her story of how she got 
into drugs, and how she went in and out 
of rehab and such. The story cuts off just 
as it is getting in depth, but maybe you 
should read this for yourself. It really 
made me think how kids are so naive, and 
I just hope that this girl doesn't end up 
dead somewhere because she seems to 
know what is going on, and I feel for her 
in a lot of ways. I was deeply moved, and 
think this is the longest review I have ever 
written. (LU) 

Jeff Mc Mullen / 2965 Sunset Point Rd. 
/Clearwater, FL 34619 

WAKE UP OR DIE / #8 / 3 stamps 
8 1/2x11 - copied - 30 pgs 
This zine is horrible. The only thing I read 
in it was the Loudmouths interview, and 
only because I forced myself to because 
I like their band so much. But otherwise 
this zine was impossible to read. Typos 
galore, misspellings, and a horrible copy 
job that either made most pages too light 
to read or cut off the text all together. 
Who the hell knows what this zine was all 
about. Kind of strange actually, I mean 
who would even bother to put out such a 
crappy job? Thumbs up, however for the 
use of the dot matrix format — it is nice to 
see someone is still using a Commodore 
Vic 20 nowadays. (CW) 
Mitch Brown, 624 ZOLL, Warensburg, 
MO 64693 

WAR CRIME #6 / $2 

8 1/2x11- printed - 48 pgs 
This has some pretty excellent reprints of 
various "radical" news from the past six 
months. Within are details of Lorenzo 
Kom'boa Ervin's detention in Australia 
(he is a former Black Panther, a group 
labeled by the Ausie government as be- 
ing a terrorist group, although the claim is 
that he is "not of good character"), ac- 
tions by EarthCulture against hardwood 
importers (it coming from rainforests and 
being a factor in human rights abuses), 
Shell (for being Shell), and The Martyrs of 
Chicago encampment in Chiapas (an anti- 
authoritarian mutual aid encampment in 
support of the Zapitistas). What little com- 
mentary there is reflects the motivation 
behind the choice of reprints; punk-rock 
trained anti-authoritarianism mired in the 
all too ineffectual leftist context. But what 
can I say, I come from there too and this 
is a competent effort to be sure. (AR) 
PO Box 2741 / Tucson, AZ 85702 

WE AREN'T THE WORLD #9 / $2 

ppd 



8 1/2x11 - copied - 42 pgs 
The dynamic duo that did this zine remind 
me of the Goads of Answer Me, in a way. 
They can completely rip on people and 
ideas, as well as explore suicide, malnutri- 
tion and cults in such an articulate and 
hilarious way that you can't help but laugh 
your ass off. Subjects include cryogenics, a 
dead grandma, proper suicide methods, 
working at a donut shop (every punx dream?), 
cults, and some other stuff. Harsh but true 
zine reviews will make you laugh and wish 
you were as good at making fun of people. 

cm 

Maddy Dental / Box 0023 PO Box 5001 / 
Amherst, MA 01002-5001 

WEREWOLVES #2 / $3 ppd 

6x8 1 /2 - copied - 40 pgs 
A pretty decent personal zine in that a lot of 
work went into it. Lots of talk about lan- 
guage (which I like) along with some pretty 
elementary cultural criticisms (but that's a 
start, anyway). Also stuff about love and 
skating. Lots of talk about an unnamed 
"him." A really good interview with Lida 
from Secret Agent Girl No 666. If she got rid 
of the self conscious/justification stuff at 
the beginning, this would be better. (JA) 
Katie / 64 Ormond Dr / Hampton, Middle- 
sex / TW1 2 2TN / UK 

WOUNDIG #2 / $1 .50 ppd 

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 - copied - 52 pgs 
A zine with personal stories, ruminations on 
friendship, travel stories, vegan recipes, 
anti-McDonald's, etc. There's a lot of per- 
sonal examination and analysis going on, 
along with some kinda underdeveloped 
political ideas. (MJ) 

Kristy Shmisty / 104 Union St. / Nelson, 
BC / VIL4A2 / Canada 



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AT LAST / #1 / 1 stamp or trade 
Interviews with Mulligan Stew and the 
Lillingtons. Record reviews. 
David Price / 2 1 9 Arrowhead Dr. #7 / Muk- 
wanago, Wl 53149 

BOISE LIFE #1 / 2 stamps 
Guidance counselor trouble, dumpster re- 
views, some "thought provoking" tobacco 
info provided by a tobacco company, history 
of VU, word find. 

Brianna Langness / 361 8 Tulara Dr. / Boise, 
ID 83706 

BUSINESS AS USUAL / free? 
Reprints, cut-and-paste news blurbs, inter- 
views with Good Riddance, Skankin' Pickle, 
the Fixtures (an excellent mail interview), 
and show/music reviews. 
1 1 56 Monument st. / Pacific Palisades, CA 
90272 

CHANGE OF HEART #1 / $1 ppd 

Political zine with stuff on veganism, the 

death penalty, the Zapitistas, and more. Hit 

the picket line! (LB) 

102 E. Liberty St. #205 / Savannah, GA 

31401-4438 

CHUMPIRE #89 / 1 stamp 



Long running, small-point type, flyer zine 

with about 1/3 reviews and 2/3 opinions. 

Good for what it is. 

PO Box 680 / Conneaut Lake, PA 1 63 1 6- 

0680 

CLONES #10 1/2 & 1 1 / free + 2 stamps 
Short but interesting stories and tidbits. 
PO Box 39 / Keene, NH 03431 

86 POUNDS #1 / $.50 ppd 
"Photos, drawings and thoughts from a 
Texas Punk." 
707 W 21 St. / Austin, TX 78705 

GOING NOWHERE / #3 / free 
Interviews with Scared Of Chaka, Pin- 
head Circus, and The Thumbs. 
7076 Van Gordon Ct / Arvada, CO 80004 

I WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR POR- 
NO STAR #1 / $1 + 2 stamps 
Personal zine mostly dealing with getting 
over an abusive relationship, and some 
observations. 

Violent Youth Mail order/ PO Box 1 1 1 23 
/Spring, TX 77391 

LOSERDOM #9 

Feel good punk rock idealism with lots of 
discussions about European subjects 
(Croatia, show spaces, East Timor). Inter- 
views with Cheapskate and the Make-up. 
Reviews. 

35 Mapas Rd / Dalkey, Co. / Dublin / 
Ireland 

NATURAL MYSTIC #4 / $3 

I I x 8 1/2 - copied - 18 pgs - Spanish 
There is a scene report from Chile, inter- 
view with the band S.A.C. from Argenti- 
na, plus columns and reviews in this thin 
politically progressive punk zine. 

CC 3893-Correo Central (1 000) /Argen- 
tina 

OBLIVION #6 / stamps or trade 

An intelligently written quasi-political zine 

with a nice engraved cover. 

1 20 State Ave. NE #76 / Olympia, WA 

98501-8212 

SCHISM #7/ $1.75 

MTV sucks, traveling in San Diego, the 

Skeptics, vegetarianism, signs you are a 

slacker. 

Mike Kraus / 1870 Crestwood Ln. / 

Muskegon, Ml 49441 

SMELL OF DEAD FISH #45 / $1 

I found this sloppy and boring. Random 
writing on traveling, television, Frances 
Farmer. That's about it. 
PO Box 484 / Pensacola, FL 32593 

SOFTKILL#8/$1 

Really thin zine on sabotage with comput- 
ers and such. 

1 2 pages for a dollar? Uh, yeah.... 
PO Box 1 875 / Pawtucket, Rl 02862 

VERAKRANT/#17/ 

Zine from the Netherlands with articles, 
zine listing, record reviews. 
Oosterstraat 44 / 971 1 NV Groningen / 
Holland 



ZINE OF THE MOUTH 



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Introduction: This interview was 
orchestrated by Mike from San Jose's 
veteran punk band Uncle Lucifer. Write: 
Mike do Dell, 987 Vine, San Jose, CA 
MRR: How long has your punk zine 
been around? 
Craig: My zine has been 
serving the punk community 
for a whopping twelve years. 
It has been around that long 
because I like what I'm look- 
ing and still retain a decent 
level of being meek and mod- 
est. Shit, I fuckin' think I 
broke even once on the third 
issue, and I was burnt out for 
a year during and after the 
course of the seventh issue. 
MRR: How many issues 
have you put out of Famous 
Hardcore zine? 
Craig: At this time, I'm both 
jungling with promoting my 
current issue, and also trying 
to get as many anti-corporate 
bands for the next issue 
(mailed out ten interviews so 
far, and am working on send- 
ing out another twenty bands 
interviewed, and will put out 
a complete graphics make- 
over for the next issue. 
Twelve Issues. 
MRR: How many people 
on your staff? 
Craig: Only me, would one 
call a one-personed staff 
DIY? 

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hours, Cal and Discharge blew me away I 
was having fun by cramming my head 
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clear Waste belongs in the backyards of 
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pers. 

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CA and Pennsy vania State. Electrify- 
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Shivers have given me tons of help. 
Nobody in San Carlos has given me 
their demo and might have some luck 
with Redwood City, Ca. which has 
about fifty punk bands. 
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at were watering holes in the walls. 
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head with a goddamn baseball bat. 
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hundred percent 
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WORLD-WIDE PUNK ROCK for sale 
2000 items 7"/12"/Albums. I've got 
megarare stuff as well as usual stuff. 
Also got indie/mod/powerpop records. 
The list is full of Killed by Death, Back 
to Front, Bloodstains stuff like: Anar- 
chy, Briard, Shit Dogs, Rattus, Eat, Bas- 
tards (Finland, Italy; Switzerland), Vic- 
tims, Razar, Glueams, Fresh Color, Filth, 
Kriminella Gitarrer, Paraf, Stalin, Fric- 
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welcome! Send 3 IRC's or $ 2 for com- 
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1319, 23833 Bad Oldesloe, Germany, 
Fax +49 4531 G7733 (Tel 67438), E-Mail 
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VIDEOS - PAL (UK ETC) & NTSC 
(USA etc), trade/sale. Thousands of 
shows/promos/tv clips. Stuff like Pro- 
pagandhi, Business, Screeching Weasel, 
Zounds, Exploited, Poison Idea, DK's, 
Blitz, Queers, Conflict, Schwartzeneg- 
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tion Ivy, Guns n Wankers, Misfits, Sub- 
humans, Snuff, Gin Goblins. SAE (UK), 
2IRC's (overseas) or decent trade list: 
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RARE BRITISH PUNK/OII/II.C. Set- 
sale. 1800+ items, Abrasive Wheels - 
Zounds. Want-list service. Please send 
IRC for catalog: Elista, 157 Common 
Rise, Hitchin, Herts., SG4 0HS, En- 
gland. Tel/fax: (01462) 433089. 



TRAVELING BANDS the S.O.B. wants 
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through Ohio and want a place to play, 
contact us. We are a new club so we 
can't offer guarantees. What we offer 
is a place to play, food, and lodging. 
Contact us at (513) 241-1430 and send 
demos to: S.O.B./ 1815 John St./ Cin- 
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DATA RECORDS, the old-school punk 
mailorder specialists, are now on the in- 
ternet! Our full catalog of new and rare 
vinyl and cds can be found at http:// 
ourworld . CompuServe, com/homepages/ 
sarah_harris/ There's a free prize draw too ! 



SERIOUS COLLECTORS of punk, 
wave, garage, underground 1975-85, 
Stoopid Records now open 6546 Holly- 
wood Blvd. #212, Hollywood, Ca 90028. 
12:00-8:00 mon-sat. Bring trade. Call 
for mailorder 213-467-6990 or send de- 
tailed wants. 



JACK AND JILL (off) needs you!! We 
need pix for our Boner Issue, so get on 
the stick and send us your stick! Also, jot 
down your wanking at work/ school/ 
wherever stories. Girls welcome, of 
course! Contributors receive their issue 
free. You are not alone! Back issues $6; 
boith for $10. Sign age. JJ(O), POB 624, 
Alameda, CA 94501. 



PERPETUALLY SINGLE boy looking 
for anybody who finds intense political 
discussion and fighting for social change 
sexy. Must like old Napalm Death, Mob 
47, traveling and long distance bike rides 
through the woods. Call or write Chris, 
Revolutionary Anarcho Punk Dating Ser- 
vice, 429 Circle Ave., Forest Park, IL 
60130. (708)366-3477. 



POOR DUMB BASTARDS 14 song cd 
Booze driven slease to please from Tex- 
as's reigning kings of trash punk. $10 ppd 
(u.s.), $12 (world). Cash, check, money 
order to Robert Walters, P.O.Box 474, 
Baytown, Texas 77522-0474. 



ANARCHO PUNK and hardcore vinyl for 
sale. Hundreds of items (many rare) from 
the 80's and 90's, including 7"s etc from 
Crass/Mortarhate/Bluurg records. Send 
$1.00 for complete listing to George Cur- 
ran, 43 The Cairns, Beaubec, Dublin Rd., 
Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland 



GG ALLIN MAILORDER. Since 1990 
we've sold GG merchandise at cheap 
prices. Catalog includes over 50 dif- 
ferent GG items including vinyl, CDs, 
tapes, videos, t-shirts, zines, stickers, 
& more. Send $1 to: GG Allin/ PO Box 
9561/ Wyoming, MI 49509-0561 



WANTING TO BUY: Disrupt/Tuomi- 
paivian Lapset 7", V/A West Coast 
Powerviolence 3x7" box set with 
Dropdead live 7". Will pay cash. John 
Tilley, 66 October Dr., St.Catharines, 
Ontario, L2N 6J6, Canada. (905) 937- 
7763 (leave a message with your phone 
number), e-mail: yu211198@yorku.ca 



EUROPEAN & JAPANESE HC clas 
sics for trade/sale: BGK, Pandemoni- 
um, Crude SS, Shitlickers, Tervet Ka- 
det, Bannlyst, Zyklome A, CCM, 
Negazione, Wretched, Malinheads, 
Kaaos, Kohu 63, Heresy, Varukers, 
Ripcord, Amebix, Larm, Outo, Gism, 
Systematic Death, and lots more. Rare 
Dischord/T & G stuff wanted!! Send 
2 ire's to J. Reitz, Breul 35, 48043 Mun- 
ster, Germany. 



WANTED!! Xtraverts-Blank Genera- 
tion, Mad-Eyeball, Fun 4 7", Nasty 
Facts 7", Rowdies 7", Xpress 7", Fun 
Things 7", Absenteese 7", Razar 7", 
Jermz 7", Regal Zone 7", Stever Sharp 
& T.C.C 7", Fast Cars 7", etc. Please 
send me your list! ! ! Satoshi Sasaki, 7- 
22-3 Gumizawa, Totsuka-ku, Yokoha- 
ma-shi, Kanagawa, 245, Japan. 



FOR TRADE. ..STALIN - Den- 
doukokeshi flexi; Stalin - Stalinism 
7"ep; Comes - No Side lp; Lip Cream - 
Lonely Rock 7"ep; Lip Cream- Night 
Rider more than Fight" 7"ep; Confuse 

- Flexi 7"ep; Shuffle - flexi 7"ep; V.A. 

- Oi! of Japan lp (original); V.A. - Jap- 
anese Movement 12 "ep; Gism, Gauze, 
Zouo, Cobra, Gai, Kuro and many more 
Japanese stuff!! Please send me your 
want/trade/sale list and offer! I want 
to trade with you. I want to buy your 
sale stuff. I'm looking for rare world 
punk/hc (77-84). Write to: Yoshiaki 
Nagano/ 3-29-5 - 103, Daita/ Setagaya- 
Ku, Tokyo 155, Japan 



RARE PUNKROCK FOR trade/ 
sale: Heart Attack 7", Lewd 7", Mag- 
gots 7", DOA 7"'s. Sado Nation 7", 
Mad-Fried Egg 7", KFC 7", Aheads 7", 
Big Balls lp, Kriminella Gitarrer 7", 
Paere Punks lp, Napalm-2nd 7", Rock- 
ers-Comp. lp, Frantix 7"'s, Ebba Gron 
7"'s, Starshooter lp, Panic lp, Ivy Green 
lp, Vopo's 1st lp, Siniestro Total-lst lp 
and lots more. Send 2 ire's for complete 
list to J. Reitz, Breul 35, 48143 Mun- 
ster, Germany. 



BRINE Learning Process eight song 7", 
cassette available, choppy, pissed, 
heavy, socio-political speedcore. Top- 
ics include: death penalty, maintaining 
relationships, community contribution, 
societal contradictions, politics of 
smoking, corporations vs. employees. 
$3: Tyler Galloway, 6736 W. 74th St., 
Over land Park, KS 66204. 



WANTED: BATTALION OF SAINTS 

videos and bootleg sound recordings 
from 1984-1986. Alot of great shows 
were recorded, including the Olympic 
w/ Broken Bones and Kraut. So give 
me a break and call Joey Maya ® 800- 
741-1103. 



RIOT GRRRLZ: Drummer, guitarist | 
and bassist needed for LA based R.G. 
band. Infl: Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Red | 
Aunts. Call: (310)314-6366 or (310) 838- 
9614 Ask for Becka. 



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BEST OFFER - Vindictive* - Leave 
Home LP. Ugly Americans 7", Green 
Day - Slappy 7" (blue wax). Pansy Di- 
vision - For Those About To Suck Cock 
Banned 7". Mudhoney - Touch Me I'm 
Sick (brown wax). Randv / PO Box 
47902^ / Chicago. IL 60647-9023. 
Nailhead@tezcat.com 



TRADE / SALE - Haskells - City 7", 
Crap Dectors - Victims of the Media LP, 
Child Molesters - Hillside Strangler 2nd 
press (original), Victims - TV Addict, 
Psycho Surgeons 7", Friction - Pistol 7". 
OffersAists to Randy / PO Box 479023 / 
Chicago, IL 60647-9023. Nailhead® 
tezcat.com 



BASSIST looking for a band. My influ- 
ences are in the old-school hardcore/ 
grindcore/thrash/death vein. I live in 
Center City, Philadelphia and will trav- 
el within reason: If you're not serious, 
don't bother. Herb (215) 574-1668. 



IHOT PUNKER CHICK. ..New label 
Iseeking a wide range of bands from Eu- 
Irope, Asia, Australia, etc. for upcoming 
Ifull-length tape releases. Send demos 
land band' into to: AM. P. Records, 92 
iKenilworth Ave. South, Hamilton, On- 
Itario, Canada, L8K-2S9. First release 
Ifrom the Spoiled Rotten "C'mon Shake" 
Iwith 16 shakin' songs available now for 
lonly $6 ppd. We'll also distribute stuff 
Ifrom other bands through mail-order. 



MARILYN MANSON. Register to win 
an aut ographed Antichrist Superstar cd. 
Send $5 cash to: Blake c/o Manson. 
PO Box 142, Collinsville, TX 76233. 
Drawing held Dec. 1st. 



ALL EIGHT DIFFERENT killer issues. 
$8.00 USA/$10.00 Canada-Mexico- 
South America/$15 elsewhere. #1213- 
(current) Clown Alley ($5/$7/$10). #11- 
Blue Collar ($4/$6/$8). #910-BlackFlag 
($4/$6/$8). #8-Early Impulse Man- 
slaugher($2/$3/$5). #5-Fatal Error($2/ 
$3/$5). #4-Soldier Dolls ($l/$2/$3). Fa- 
mous hardcore of punkland t-shirts. Ul- 
timate DIY shirt reads: " Anti-EMI, Anti- 
Caroline, Anti-Major Label". Printed 
black on white, large size only. ($12/$15/ 
$18). US postal money order, concealed 
cash, or ire's. Famous Hardcore of Punk- 
land, (payable to:) Craig Hill, POB 987, 
San Carlos, CA 94070. Next issue dead- 
line March 15th, 1998, No checks. 



SOUND IDEA DISTRIBUTION- 3,000 
titles from around the world. Send $1 
US, $2 foreign for current catalog. 
Sound Idea/PO Box 3204/Brandon, FL 
33509-3204 USA. Call(813) 653-2550. 
Stores: Get in touch for wholesale rates. 
And visit the Sound Idea store in Bran- 
don. 



3,000 PUNK AND HARDCORE TITLES 

in the Sound Idea Catalog. Send $1 US 
or $2 foreign for current catalog. Boot- 
leggers get in touch. Sound Idea Distri- 
bution/PO Box 3204/Brandon, FL 33509- 
3204 USA (813) 653-2550. Stores: Call for 
wholesale rates. 



JAPANESE AND EUROPEAN LABELS: 

Trade with me! I run Burrito Records and 
Sound Idea Distribution. If you can't 
trade, send wholesale prices. Sound Idea/ 
PO Box 3204/Brandon, FL 33509-3204 
USA. Stores: Call for wholesale rates. 
(813)653-2550 



WANTED: Carcass-Reek LP/Peel 12", 
Bolt Thrower-Peel 12 "/For Victory LP, 
Celtic Frost-Tragic Serenades 12", 
Cap. Casualties-Disassembly LP, Death- 
side-Bloodsucker Rec.LP, DRI-Violent 
7 "/22 song 7 "/Dirty Rotten LP, Dis.Axis/ 
Hellchild 7", Dis.Axis/Cosmic Hurse 7", 
Dis. Axis/Cap. Cas. 7", Deformed Con- 
science 7" on OtD, Disclose-O.t.W.S. 7", 
V/A Thrash til Death LP, V/A Virus LP, 
Pink Turds/Sedition LP, Napalm Death- 
From Enslavement LP w/ 7 "/Mentally 
Murdered 12 "/Peel 12", MITB/Bleeding 
Rectum 12", Gauze/GISM. Trade/buy 
(prefered). Nick Grzelak, 425 4th St.N.E. 
#2, Minn., 55413, USA. 



KOSHER - Straight up Punk Rock. New 
16 song CD available for only $8 ppd Bands 
in MD and Mid-West, get in touch We'd 
love to trade shows. For a $1 you can get a 
bunch of free shit. Call or write for any rea- 
son at: Kosher, 53 NW 350, Warrensburg. 
MO., 64093 / (816) 747-2343 (Remi) 



BRAZILIAN HC/PUNK releases to ex- 
change, some original, other re-released 
on CD, and many new good titles, send 
an IRC for a list, I want between other, 
the following old stuff: Anti System (dis- 
cography CD), Bad Religion (1st ep 7" or 
12"), Black Flag (Nervous Breakdown), 
Capitalist Alienation (From Canada), Cir- 
cle Jerks (anything besides the elementa- 
ry LPs), Dead Kennedys (Calif orna Uber 
Alles 7" or 10" & A Skateboard Party 
original pressing live LP), DRI (Dirty 
Rotten original 1st 7"), Final Conflict (In 
The Family 7") Gepopel (Paracite 7"), 
Larm (Nothing Is Hard... 7" & discogra- 
phy CD if already released), Spazztic 
Blurr (Before And After LP) and Ultra 
Violent (7"). Don't send anything before 
writing to: Adriano Ometto / Cx. Postal 
17072 / 02399-970 SP-SP / Brasil. 



TRADE WITH ME! I got (and want) ga- 
rage rock 'n' roll (Ramones, Rip Offs, Drags, 
Cramps...) and trashy movies (John Waters, 
Russ Meyer, Tarantino,...). Wanna trade 
copies. Please make a list of our stuff. Wan- 
na write to cool people too. Gustavo/68 
Alana Drive/Hawthome, NJ 07506. 



WANTED Killed By Death, Back to 
Front. Bloodstains, etc. '77 to '83 punk 
records. Please send your list to Maki- 
ko Ichichara. 2-13-2 si 02 Hatsudai 
Shi buya-ku Tokyo 151 Japan. 



WANTED '77-'83 worldwide obscure 
rare punk records. Please send your list I 
to: Kazuhiro Emori 2-36-4 Kitamago-| 
me Ohta-ku Tokyo 143 Japan. 



SEVEN FOOT SPLEEN -Boredom and 
Disease' 4 song 7" ep. Death To Dead 
Things zine se/ "The sludgiest. fecd- 
backiest. Eyehategodiesl noise of a band 
I've come across manes " Terry from the 
band Grief sez "Heavy and inspiring 
shit. " $3 ppd from Rhodhiss Records 1 53 
Duke St. Granite Falls. NC 28630. 



HUGE SKA CATALOGUE. New CDs 

from Jump Up: Eclectics "S/T", Adjust- 
ers "politics", Parka Kings "Bienveni- 
dos", Hot Stove Jimmy "Salute", ea $10 
ppd. "Everything Off-Beat" 17 band ska 
comp CD $5. Ska-Tastrophie Mag #5 (64 
pgs) $4. Tons more import/domestic, 
CD/7", write for free catalogue: Jump 
Up! 4409 1/2 N. Greenview-Ste 2W, 
Chicago, IL 60640. 



OBSCURE & RARE PUNK/HC lp's 
from the 80's for sale, including FOD. 
Die Kreuzen, Cap. Punishment. Cro- 
mags. PHC. The Mob, ID Under, Germs. 
Antisect, early Dischard. SxE and 100 
more Mare Gauci, 40 Rue Croix Verte. 
81000 Albi. Fiance. 



BLOODSTAINS ACROSS Belgium 
lp (Kids, Pigz, X-Pulsion, Mad Virgins, 
Onion Dolls, Spermicide, etc.). $14 ppd. 
Copies on colored vinyl (only 100 made) 
in stock now, so order fast! Death by 
blowjob singles box (4 7"'s: Bunny 
brains, Voodoo Muzak (Fr), Slugbait 
(UK, Splintered side project) & one free 
bonus 7"). Ltd edition of 300. $13 ppd. 
Cash only to Kris Verreth, Tervuurs- 
estwg 217, 1820 Perk, Belgium. 
demderby@tornado.be 



RARE PUNK records, eds, tapes, stick- 
ers, buttons, patches, shirts and a ton 
more for low prices! Adicts, Dickies, 
Crass. Vice Squad. Operation Ivy, Mis- 
fits, Subhumans, Conflict, Minor Threat 
and thousands more! For a huge 45 page 
cataloug send $1 to: Dr. Strange Records. 
PO Box 7000-117, Alta Loma. CA 91701. 
Call for updates at (909) 483-2979. Dr. 
Strange has your punk rock fix! 



BEST OFFER- Avengers: We are the I 
One/target cover. Mutants: New Drug] 
b/w Insect Lounge, New Dark Ages, 
original cover. Excellent Shape. Rikkil 
Sender, 1416 Grant Ave #26, SF, CA| 
94133, m.o. preferred. 



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DISTRO! I DISTRIBUTE records and 
zines through mailorder, the computer 
and at shows. Please send a sample of 
whatever you have and I'll get in touch. 
I also do a label and have a Millhouse/ 
Dig Hug split 7" for $3pp& Bands send 
stuff for upcoming pop/punk comp. CD. 
Act your Age!/3244 Locke Ln. /Hous- 
ton, TX 77019-6208/ act your age® 
aol.com or IChristoff ©aol.com 



WANTED: LOS CRUDOS- 1st two 7", 

Crudos/Manumission split 7", The Pist/ 
Malachi Krunch split 7", Propagahndi/ 
I Spy split 10", Pogo Attack Lp (origi- 
nal cover), Spazz/Charles Bronson split 
7", Dropdead- 1st 7", Dropdead/Rup- 
ture split 8 " Dropdead/Crossed Out split 
5 " , Mukilteo Faries- "closet check" 7 "- 
Matt/19 Eagle St. Ware, Ma 01082 



VIDEOS! I have the shows you wanna 
see! Free transferring of any world sys- 
tem Over 3500 quality shows, rare old 
and hard to find new stuff. Punk, hard- 
core, movies, doc-umentaries, ska, al- 
ternative. Send 55c SASE or $1 for big 
list. Fast reliable service. Call, write, e- 
mail: Peter DeMattia, 8 Haddon Rd. 
Hewitt, NJ 07421 - 2329 Phone: 
(973)853-4420. e-mail: peterd® war- 
wick, net 



I VIDEOS! I can't list them all here be- 
Icause ther's over 3500 shows available! 
ISo call or write to see what I have. Free 
llist by e-mail. Or send 55c sase or $1 
[for my big list by regular mail. Fast ser- 
Ivice! Industrial, punk, hardcore and 
Imore! Peter DeMattia, 8 Haddon Rd., 
[Hewitt, NJ 07421-2329. phone: (973) 
1853-4420 e-mail: peterd® warwick.net 



HARDCORE 4 SALE: Agnostic Front- 
Victim LP $50, Cleanse the bacteria - 
comp blue vinyl $40, Heresy - flexi $15, 
SSD - live EP $15, Napalm Death - Live 
LP's $20, Deep Wound - EP blue vinyl 
$15, Violent Children EP $20, Also got 
more LP's and EP's. Jose Ortega, 8922 
Clarinda, Pico Trivera, CA., 90660. 



IPUNK PORN: Alternative & Punk sex 
[films with punk soundtracks. Send 
IS.A.S.E. with 18 or older age statement. 
lAlways looking for new bands for 
I soundtracks & people to be in the films. 
iFireStorm Productions, P.O.Box 422965, 
ISan Francisco, CA., 94142 - 2965 U.S.A. 



POISON IDEA, ANTISEEN records, 
live stuff, rarities, flyers, posters, inter- 
views, articles, photo's wanted. The 
stufff thats old hat to you may be near- 
impossible to find over here! Will buy 
or trade, let me know what you got and 
what you want. Any help is appreciat- 
ed. Thanks. Ross, 2 Seymour rd, Tip- 
ton, West Mids, DY4 OEW, England. 



FOR TRADE: Condemned to Death-Dia- 
ry of a Love Monster LP(Radical), Fartz- 
World Full of Hate LP, Lipcream-Kill 
Ugly Pop LP, SOB-What's the Truth LP, 
UK Decay-Rising. . .12", Gastunk-Mr Ga- 
zime 7", Jackshit-Hicktown 7". Wants: 
Execute-Hardcore Temptation 7", Malin- 
heads-Hoax 7", RFTC-Pure Genius (clear 
vinyl) 7", Terveet Kadet-Aareton Joulu 
7"(original), Gism-Destation 12", More 
80s hardcore. Contact: Bill Skoulas, Poste 
Restante, Eolou 100, 10200 Athens, 
Greece. 



THANKS A LOT to all the bands, fans 
and others that made Scumfest 97 a great 
success. Now planning for Scumfest 98. 
Bands or fans write Andy 2326 Sheffield 
Rd., Raleigh, NC 27610 or call between 
6:00-10:00 pm Mon-Thurs 919-833-0520. 



I'M SEARCHING FOR: Psycho "8 song 
EP" 12"; Lawnmower Deth 7"; Agatho- 
cles/Drudge LP; AGx/Putrid Offal 7"; 
AGx/Kompost 7"; AGx/Nasum 7"; AGx/ 
Smegma 7"; Blood Live 7"; Sexorcist/ 
Extreme Smoke 7"; Bloody Mess & The 
Skabs LPs. Nicholas Gosselin, 1720 Tall- 
eyrand, Brossard, QC, J4W2J2, Canada. 



WANTED: The Lizards. "Whatever Has 
Shemp On It". Yes, Lindsay, I still listen 
to that tape you made for me. Write: Mar- 
shall Miller, 2300 C Myron Dr. Raleigh, 
NC 27607. 



PUNK RECORDS SALE! ! Private collec- 
tion. 300+ items. Anti-Cimex, Kohu 63, 
Lama, Chaos UK, Minor Threat, SLF, 
Misfits, Rattus, Cock Sparrer, Chaotic 
Dischord, Rudi Peni, and many more! 
Send 1 ire for list to: Maxa, Orelinkatu 
51 D 33, 37120 Nokia, Finland. 



IMMENSE LIST of over 2000 records 
76'-97'. Punk, alternative, new wave, 
indy, grunge, crust, hardcore, dirge, no 
wave, noise, pop & garage. Send 2 
stamps or 2 ire's intl. to Discourage 
Rock & Roll, PO Box 420594, San Fran- 
cisco, CA. 94142-0594. This list is just 
1/2 of our stock, so send a want list 
& we'll scour the vaults for you most 
desired items. 



1976-83' MOST WANTED fugitives now 
standing trial. Court convenes at Dis- 
courage R &R. Send for most current de- 
tectives report of Killed By Death/Blood- 
stains type rarities. Recently hauled in 
here were: Lost Kids, Niggers, Fire Exit, 
Village Pistols, Stoned, Nasal Boys, Cell 
609, Tazers, Ticks, Maids, Fear, Hel- 
mettes, Lubricants, Features, Ice-9, 
Meaty Buys, Pankrti, etc. Send stamps 
and want lists #7 to: Discourage R & R, 
PO Box 420594, San Francisco CA 
94142-0594. Trades & consignment wel- 



RAMONES lots of audio to trade. Vid- 
eo too. Need more of the same as well 
as Marky And The Intruders, Devo, 
Kiss, Monkees, Fear, Lee Ving's Army, 
Dictators, Dickies and most old-school 
punk and metal. Sends lists to: Chris, 
Box 674, Slater, IA 50244. Foreign con- 
tacts welcome. 



DIABOLLIX (not the UK band) but 
Dublin's finest jazz-noise band (circa 
88') looking for demos, live, etc. Have 
"Braincells But Who's Buying?" demo, 
will trade for he, punk, noise. Johnny 
Postbus, 2110 2301 cc Leiden, Neder- 
land. 



CHARLES BRONSON video last show 
08/97 with Assuck, Mk Ultra & Acrid 

- $10ppd. Assfort, Gauze, Spazz, 09/96 

- $10ppd. Or both for $10 on 4 hr speed. 
Direct from master. NTSC only. Well 
hidden cash please. Susan, Box 543, 
Station B, Toronto, ON M5S 2T1, Can- 
ada. 



RARE PUNK/HC FOR SALE: Crap 
Detectors: Diseases lp $50, Really 
Red: "Teaching..." lp $80, Minor 
Threat: "Filler" 7" with insert $80, 
Necros: "Conquest" 7" $65, 
Controllers: "Slowboy" 7" $90, Crap 
Detectors: "Cut The Crap" lp $60, 
Fleshapoids: "Electroshock" 7" $100 
signed. Send cash or money orders/ 
checks payable to Tate Thomas, 6402 
Melody Ln. #2190, Dallas, TX 75231. 
Post/free. 



JUNK PUNK COMPILATION - 21 

bands, 34 song punk rock compilation 
cd. Featuring; Latex Generation, The 
Martians, Buglite, The Hudson Fal- 
cons, The Piss Shivers & more. $3.00 
(postage paid). Payable to: Cedric 
Crouch, c/o Spine Punch Distro, 46 
Oberholtzer Rd., Bechtelsville, PA 
19505. 



HARDCORE AND PUNK noise crust 
grind-core bands wanted also pop- 
punk, ska, or oi bands (anything!) to 
play shows 7 days a week at the ga- 
rage in Jasper, Alabama ! We are a One 
year old venue and we book paying 
gigs! So if yer' band is looking for a 
show to fill in tour give Ben a call- 24/ 
7 ©205-221-5313. 



NEED ANARCHO-HC BANDS for se- 
ries of tape comps. Punk bands and 
pogo bands accepted also. No pop- 
punk. Send your release or song on all 
formats. You will get copy of tape and 
cover so you can make em yerselves. 
Born Against, Discharge and Pogo- 
Punk-like bands are awesome. Send 
all shit to: Ted Stomp, PO Box 474, 
Gladwyne PA, 19035. 



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FOR TRADE: (All orginals, No bullshit!): 
Maggots: Tammy Wynette 7", The 
Eat:God Punishes The Eat 7". 

Xtraverts Blank Gen 7" & Speed 7" 
Baloney HeadsT'm A Drunk 7". 
Freeze Tourists 7". Checkmate:Only 
Fools 7", Sods.Television Sect 7". 
BreakoutsAll Wc 7", Stalin:Stalinism 
7", Arson.White Folks 7". The 
Dons Slash Your Face 7", 
Brulbajz Dodens apostlar 7". Nasty- 
Facts My Car 7", etc tons more all 
around trie world!!! I trade or sell. (Mas- 
sive Catalogue for $2 / 3 x IRC) Write, 
call or send fax/email to: A.A.R. c/o 
A A K c/o Jukka W-M Saten. PO Box 
174. Pin-! 1 101 Riihimaki. Finland tel/ 
fax +358 19 721328. tel + +358 40 
54812(57. email jukka.sateri@aar.inet.fi 



WANTED: (Orginal 1 st pressings only); 
Nubs: I Dont Need 7"(wp $120), Holly- 
Wood Squares:Hillside Strangler 7" (wp 
$170), Johnny Demon & Devils:Make Me 
Spew 7" (wp $150), Tapeworm:Break My 
Face (wp $170), Hugh Beaumont 
Experience: Cone Johnson 7" (wp $300), 
Count Vertigo:X-Patriots 7" (wp $120), 
Helen Killer:Surfin w/Steve 7" (wp $60), 
Spys:Underground 7" (wp $100), 
Thought Criminals:Hilton Bomber 7" 
(wp $200), Absentees:Trying To Mess 7" 
(wp $200), Fresh Color:Dance Around 
12" (wp $100), Child 

Molesters: Wholesale Murder 7" (wp 
$250), etc 70's & early 80's punkrock ob- 
scurities from all around the world! ! ! I 
buy or tarde so write, call or send fax/ 
email to: A.A.R. c/o A.A.R. c/o Jukka W- 
M Sateri, PO Box 174, Fin-11101 Riihi- 
maki, Finland, tel/fax +358 19 721328, 
tel + +358 40 5481267, email jukka.sateri 
©aar.inet.fi. 



FOR TRADE (All Orginals, No 

Bullshit!!!) Bastards:Impossibilities 7", 
Dogs:Charlie 7", Mittageisen:Hardcore 
7", Paere Punk Comp LP, Agent 
Orange:Bloodstains 7", Norman & The 
Hooligans 7", Ideals:High Art 7", Fresh 
Color:Source 7", Eppu Normaali: Akne- 
pop LP & Nipa 7". Gears:Beach 7", Star 
ClubGo To Hell 7". & Wakaki Ansat- 
susha 7", etc etc tons more all around 
the world!!! I trade or sell. (Massive cat- 
alogue for $2 or 3xIRC) Write, call or 
send fax/email to: A.A.R. c/o A.A.R. c/o 
Jukka W-M Saten, PO Box 174. Fin- 
11101 Riihimaki. Finland, tel/fax +358 
19 721328, tel + +358 40 5481267, email 
jukka.sateri@aar.inet.fi. 



MELVINS 7-INCHES WANTED: Look- 
ing for the first 7" and last in the 
Amph.Rept. series of 12 singles. Cata- 
louge Nr. Scale 82 and Scale 93. Only 
mint conditions. No trades. Magnus Jan- 
sson, Maria Prastgardsgatan 25, 118 52 
Stockholm, Sweden, allfn® algonet. se. 



MEGARARE: Finnish Punkrock Obscu- 
rities for sale or trade, like; Maho 
NeitsytMita On Punk? 7", Briard:All 7"s 

6 LP, Destroy:Sanoja 7", 
Rattus:Khomeini Rock 7", Stalin:Chaos 

7 ", Neuroosi:Rock Against Seija Isonsaari 
7" (Rarest european punk single, 10 ex- 
ist!!!), KasvainrOnko Suomi Usattunut 
7", Nauta:Onko Suomi Vapaa Maa 7", 
000:Oodeja Simasuille 7" & LP, Taavi & 
Rytmiryhma:Aanilevyko 7" etc... avail- 
able almost all early finnpunk wonders 
so check my wants ad and offer trade 
(prefer) or send serious money offers! ! ! ! ! 
(Massive catalogue for $2 or 3xIRC) Write, 
call or send fax/email to: A.A.R. c/o Juk- 
ka W-M Sateri, PO Box 174, Fin-11101 
Riihimaki, Finland, tel/fax +358 19 
721328, tel + +358 40 5481267, email 
jukka.sateri@aar.inet.fi. 



DESPERATELY SEEKING any Rancid 

items. Photos, articles, videos, ticket 
stubs, fliers, anything! Copies ok.. Also 
looking for penpals. I'm 15 y/o girl into 
ska. ska-core, some punk. All sk8rs wel- 
come. Your photo gets mine. Maybe find 
a significant other (m). Marissa. 1914 
Montrobles PL, S. Passadena, CA 91108. 
No racists allowed! 



16 YEAR OLD FEMALE guitarist look- 
ing for a 15-19 year old guitarist/singer 
want to start an all-girl punk band. In- 
fluences: Snap Her, Red Aunts. If you live 
in San Fernando Valley or near it in Cal- 
ifornia contact Nancy 1-818-989-2172 or 
write me: Nancy 14362 Burton St., Pan- 
orama City, CA 91402. 



EERIE RECORDS CATALOG, $0.32 
stamp. Eerie Records, 2408 Psach St. Ee- 
rie PA 16502. My 3 Scum, X-Whites, Re- 
todz, Assmen, Mollies, etc. 



SPAZZ IS LOOKING for any videos of 
any shows on their US summer tour. We 
got cd's and assorted ep's and other good- 
ies to trade (if we haven't already... for 
those who did get stuff for vids...send 
them! ! !). We're especially looking for the 
Columbus fest and the Denton show with 
Avail. Please send or write to Max c/o 625 
Productions, PO Box 423413, San Fran- 
cisco, CA 94142-3413 USA (new 
address!! Please send a stamp if you're 
writing for 625 info! !) 



625 has a new address: PO Box 423413, 
San Francisco, CA 94142-3413 USA ...I 
got new ep's by Excruciating Terror, 
Godstomper, a Gorymelanoma/Emetic 
split ep, the El Guapo comp lp plus a 
lot more coming up. Write to Vacuum 
Distro (see ad this issue for address) for 
quick service. Stores and distros get in 
touch for wholesale prices. Always 
down to trade for wimp-free stuff. Write 
first!! 



FOR SALE. BEATNIK TERMITES 1st 

12" $50. 'Taste The Sand" (import lp) 
$10. ".Ode To Susie and Joey" (original 
on St Valentines) SI 5. "I 'ndesi table" 7" 
import (ltd. 500) $10. Boris The Spnn- 
kler/Scooby Don'l split on green (ltd 
100) $8. Parasites "Punchlines" import 
lp #ed $15, "Pair" import lp $15. split 
w/Mourning Noise (ltd. 1500) $](), 
"Something To Hold Onto'' 7" on white 
(ltd. 500) $10. "Letdown" 7" on purple 
$10. "Burnt Toast" 7" on blue (ltd. 100) 
$15, "Burnt Toast" 7" tour edition ltd 
300 #ed, $15. Queers "Too Dumb To 
Quit" 7" $10. "Look Ma No Flannel" 
2x7" on pink (ltd. 100) $35. "Rocket To 
Russia" tour edition lp (ltd 300) $55. 
"Shout At The Queers" live lp (ltd 000) 
$70. Sweet Baby "It's A Girl" (original 
lp on Ruby) $35. Groovie Ghouhes 
"Don't Go Out Into The Ham" 1st 7" 
(ltd. 1000) $15. "Hello Hello/I Wanna 
Have Fun" 7" $10. Cash or money or- 
der payable to Jason Duncan. PO Box 
16102', Spartanburg SC 29310 No 
checks! 



PUNK/HARDCORE VINYL RECORDS 

from 1980-present for sale or trade. Also | 
posters, old zines, concert photos, vero- 
tik comics, compact discs, and punk re- 
lated collectibles. E-mail to 102 165. 134 1 
@ compuserv.com. 



TOAST is just a collective of people in- 
volved in music & alternative culture 
We play in bands We'd love to visit yoin 
country, anywhere in Europe We also 
do a zine, compilations, etc. & we can 
put up shows for your band in France. 
Get in touch. Toast c/o Guillaume 
Gouardes, Font de Fraysse, Route de 
Cahors, 46150 Catus, France. 



SPEED OF DEATH eight song all new 
"cassette now out by the Mighty Sanity I 
Assassins. Pro packaging great sound I 
only $4 cash only. Extreme old style I 
hardcore with a slant on surf radio! 
shows, zines contact- Dagger Tapes/ 1 
P.O. Box 380152/East Hart-ford, CT/| 
06138-0152 



MEGA-RARE KILLED BY DEATH 

punk& hardcore set sale. Hundreds of 
original 7"s and Lps: The Freeze. Genial 
Frood/., Germs. La Peste. Really Red. 
Shirkers, SSD. etc New Stuff every 
month. Send SASE (long envelope) for list 
to: Mike B/159 Emeald St /Maiden. MA 
02148. Please send your top want lists! 



LOOKING FOR: Youth Brigade 7" (Dis- 
chord). Teen Idles 7" (1st press), Minor 
Thread 2nd 7 " (1st press), Up Front - Spirit 
lp (1st press), Uniform Choice - 1st lp (1st 
press, poster). Also 80's SxE shirts. Will 
pay or trade. Sebastian Stronzik, Wermel- 
ingstr. 42, 48147 Munster, Germany. 



\MAXIMUMROCKNROLL music classifieds 



LOOKING TO TRADE TAPES , 

especially Euro - Hardcore (BGK, 
FFF, The Ex, CronGen, Raped 
Teenagers, Bervier Noir, Seeing 
Red, Chubawamba, Kina, etc.) but 
have eclectic tastes. Also, any 
Swedes or Norwegians seeking 
correspondence feel free to drop 
me a line. Profiteers and Nazis 
need not apply! Richard c/o Copy- 
right Liberation Discotporated/ 
International HQ: 13-510 Ginger 
Dr. /New Westminister, BC/ Can- 
ada V3L 5K8 



WANT:S.O.B/OUTO SPLIT EP: 

Trade w/VA Outsider or HC Un- 
lawful Assembly LP. Also I've 
other rare stuffs. Please Trade 
Mid-Latter 80's UKHC/Grind/ 
Death etc. .List: $1 or send ya list, 
also I've distro Int.HC/Grind/ 
Death etc, list $1. Masahiro, S8- 
W8-521-32-201, Chuo-Ku, Sap- 
poro, 064, Japan. 



BANDS WANTED: Slap Happy 
Records is looking for bands for 
upcoming compilations and full 
length releases. All styles, espe- 
cially pop punk. Cheap exposure. 
Send demos to P.O. BOX 249, By- 



ron CA., 94514. 
(Ted). 



(510)-634-3580 



WANT:S.O.B/OUTO SPLIT EP: 

Trade w/VA Outsider or HC Unlaw- 
ful Assembly LP. Also I've other rare 
stuffs. Please Trade Mid-Latter 80's 
UKHC/Grind/Death etc. .List: $1 or 
send ya list, also I've distro Int.HC/ 
Grind/Death etc, list $1. Masahiro, 
S8-W8-521-32-201, Chuo-Ku, Sap- 
poro, 064, Japan. 



TRICK, TALKING, MEAT Sell me 
these records - Germs- Lexicon Dev- 
il, Fear- I Love Living in the City, 
The Eat- Communist Radio, Dogs- 
Slash Your Face, The Lewd-Kill 
Yourself, Plasmatics-Meet the, The 
Cramps-The Way I Walk, Go Go 
Muck, Poison Idea- Blank, Vacant, 
Blackout, Pick Your King (clear). 
Call 1-206-748-0874. Rob Frishkoff , 
502 Minor Ave. North #3, Seattle, 
Wash 98109 or write. 



WANTED: ORIGINALS or copies, 
name prices or trade. Vandals - 
"Slippery When 111" cd, Screeching 
Weasel - "Ramones" lp, "Hot 
Horny...", "Snappy Answers...". 
Ep's, rare stuff or bootlegs by NOFX, 
Propagandhi, Vandals, Weasel, Gut- 
termouth, MTX, etc. I've got some 
rare stuff to trade, send list of what 
you want. Mike, 124 Shady Hill Rd. 
Apalachin, NY 13732. Thanks. 



GG ALLIN— "So I Hear You're 
Writing a Book About GG..." 
Unique in-depth look into his ca- 
reer, life by his "authorized" bi- 
ographer; many rare pictures/ 
Plus Misfits, Switchblade Sym- 
phony, edible insects, interview 
with real phone sex worker and 
more in Implosion: A Journal of 
the Bizarre and Eccentric #7. 64 
pages. $5 ppd world wide. Im- 
plosion, Box 533 653, Orlando, 
FL 32853-3653; Smudge21 @ 
aol.com. 



DR. BOB'S NIGHTMARE "Stinkin' 
Thinkin'" cd. 20 songs! Over 50 
minutes of pure rock and roll slea- 
ze! Only $8.00 postage 
paid!! (Outside the US add $2.00 
for extra postage). Also 
available: Dr. Bob's Nightmare 4 
song 7" on cherry red 
vinyl...$3.50ppd. Stuntmen/Dr. 
Bob's split 7" $3.00ppd. Make 
checks/money orders payable to 
Dave Chamillard. King Alcohol 
Records, PO Box 8203, Philadel- 
phia, PA 19101-8203. 



LOOK FOR PLASMATICS book 
"Your Heart In Your Mouth" Dav- 
id Clark, 919 School St. New Cas- 
tle, Delaware, 19720. 



MAXIMUMROCKNROLL classified. 



SPIKED LEATHER, BONDAGE, S-M. 

Pyramid belts, collars, wristbands, re- 
straints, cones, spikes, studs. Anything 
you need, punk as fuck handmade 
leather products. Are you sick of pay- 
ing out the ass for cheaply made 
leatherware? Guaranteed highest qual- 
ity at low prices. Custom orders also 
made. Send stamp for catalog to: B. 
Leather, 2072 Richfield Dr, Kettering, 
OH 45420. 



BRAM ! ! ! THIS IS KIM of Square Suck- 
lers zine. I'm so sorry that I never an- 
Iswered your letter. My mother decided 
Ito confiscate some of my mail. Please 
Iwrite back at P.O. Box 3701, Johnson 
ICityTN 37602-3701. 



PUNKS AND POLITICAL dissidents 
around the globe! I need your help! Cor- 
porate Necropolis #1 is in need of infor- 
mative articles and scene reports writ- 
ten from an anarchist's perspective. In- 
formation on collectives, protests, boy- 
cotts, and direct action will be benefi- 
cial. Submitters will receive free issues! 
Feel free to send records/zines for review. 
Take Care! ! - Patrick Plough/916 Ham- 
mocks View/ Savannah, GA/3 141 0/USA. 



GUTTER HAS STYLING punk rock ac- 
cessories in tons of color and materials. 
Spiked, studded and bondage bracelets 
and collars in collars from oxblood to 
sparkly pink, plus non-leather materials 
for vegan kids. To get a catalog, send one 
.32 cent to: Gutter, PO Box 1296, New 
York, NY 10276. Stores - ask for whole- 
sale price list. 



T-SHIRTS, RECORDS, VIDEOS, CDs 

and more! Send $1 US or foreign for cur- 
rent catalog. Send samples and working 
terms for consideration. (No demos) 
Sound Idea/PO Box 3204/Brandon, FL 
33509-3204 USA Call (813) 653-2550. 
Stores: Call for wholesale rates. 



NEED DISTRO HELP? Send samples 
and working terms. (No demos) If I am 
interested, you'll hear from me. Sound 
Idea Distribution/PO Box 3204 /Brandon, 
FL 33509-3204 USA Call (813) 653-2550. 
Stores: Call for wholesale rates. 



HAZLO TU MISM® is the name of a bi- 
monthly punk/hc zine. Send (free) classi- 
fieds, write for ad spaces or send stuff for 
reviews to: HTM; CC 213 sue 12 (b) cp 
1412 BS AS Argentina. Issue #1 $3 ppd. 



ATTENTION BANDS! Sell your record 
through mail order catalogue mailed 
directly to 500 addresses. Send your ad 
2 3/4" wide by 2 1/8" high, 20 stamps, 
and at least 20 addresses of your friends 
and fans to Wabbit Wecords, PO Box 
117, Franklin, NJ., 07416. 



SHIRTS: Aus-Rotten "Fuck Nazi Sym- 
pathy" (2-sided shirt, $9), Amebix 
"Man on Pole" ($7), Punkture, 2000DS, 
others also available. Patches: 75 cents 
PPD: many bands including 2000DS, 
Flux, Amebix, Misery, Nausea, Filth, 
Dirt, and others. Music, too! Write for 
catalog! Singlespeak Distro, P.O.B. 
1705, Meriden, CT., 06450. 



BANDS: We'll screen your logos/draw- 
ings on patches, T-shirts, and back- 
patches. Write for prices & samples of 
our work. Serious inquiries only please. 

<-*_■__ —l »_ i-k- _a T-* *~\ r% * nrktr n/r : 



den, CT., 06450. 



THROWN AWAY like a piece of 
trash??? Tell me about it! Get a free| 
zine. More lame, the better! Send to: 
Last Dance / 918 E. Clements B.R. 
apt. E-5 / Runnemede, NJ 08078 



™ 



HANGING LIKE A HEX FANZINE is- 
sue #8 out now! Features Brothers Keep- 
er, Unsane, Today Is the Day, Harvest, 
Stillsuit, Giants Chair, reviews, comics, 
humor, cynicism, color, more- 48 pgs. on 
newsprint for $1 ($2-Canada/Mexico. 
$3- world) #7 w/ Rocket from the Crypt, 
Coalesce, Earth Crisis, more and #6 also 
available. 201 Maple Ln., N. Syracuse, 
NY 13212, caputnik. 



GOT ART? Can help you with your 
record jacket, shirt, zine, book... Tra- 
ditional drawing including b/w, com- 
puter graphics, whole layout available 
and it's cheap too. Send 2 stamps for 
samples. Broken Ear - PO Box 660397 
- Sacramento, CA 95866-0397. 



POLY BAGS FOR SALE: 7 3mil: 100 

- $6 00, 500 - $16.00, 1000 - $27.00. 
12" 4mil: 50 -$6.00, 100 - $11.00. 500 

- $52.00. All prices postage paid Cash 
or money order to Chris Cabav. 429 
Circle Ave. Forest Park, IL 60 130 
708-366-3477. 



ISUBMIT YOUR BREAK-UP stories! I 
Ineed contributing stories for a zine 
labout break-ups. If used, free copy. 
[Send to: Last Dance, 918 E. Clements 
IB.R., apy. e-5, Runnemede, NJ 08078 



DUMPED??? So was I . Need break- 
up stories for zine. Send to: Last 
Dance, 918 E. Clements BR., apt. e-5, 
Runnemede, NJ 08078 



II REE CABLE PUNKS! Laid off punk 
Icable worker shows you how to build 
lyour own descrambler with only 7 
Iparts from Radio Shack for under $13. 
17 step instructions that anyone can do. 
■Fast service, you will receive weeks 
■guaranteed! Send well concealed cash 
lor $10 money order to: PO Box 157, 
IWest Sayville, NY 11796 



SLAVE; 80 pages, fullsize, newsprint 
zine is taking hardcore/punk music to 
review. Ad rates are, 1/6 page $20, 1/ 
3 page $30, 1/2 page $40, full page $75. 
Slave, 12039 UNCG Station, Greens- 
boro, NC 27413. (910) 574-2905. 



PATCHES AND SHIRTS: $1 00: SLF, 
Blatz, Showcase Showdown, Teen- 
generate. $1.25: Crass, Blanks 77, SW, 
Descendents, Anti-Nowhere League, 
Ramones, Misfits, Pink Lincolns, DK, 
OpIV, Swingin' Utters. $1.50: 
Buzzcocks, Grimple, Clash, Citizen 
Fish, Subhumans, Bikini Kill. T- 
shirts($9): Clash, SLF, Subhumans, 
Ramones, Undertones. No coins! 
Round to nearest dollar! Write or send 
stamps for full list to: Second String 
Productions, PO Box 50144, Knox- 
ville, TN 37950-0144. 



FREE HBO, PLAYBOY! Showtime. 
Laid off punk cable worker tells all! 
Build descrambler for under 13 bucks 
with 7 Radio Shack parts, and very 
fast, send 10 dollars, cash or money 
order for simple 7 step instuctions to: 
Ed Duckfield. Immediate response 
guaranteed for DIY punks! Ed/ PO 
Box 157/West Sayville, NY 11796 



ATTENTION BANDS: Patches: 75 for 
$.60 ea. up to 500 or more for .30 ea. 
T-shirts: $5.25 ea for 50, 4.40 for up 
to 300 or more. For more details, 
write: Second String Productions, 
PO Box 50144, Knoxville, TN 37950- 
0144. 



SOUTH AFRICA, ZIMBABWE, ETC... 

I'll be there in Nov. & Dec. Interested 
in seeing the Africa most tourists 
don't. Any help ( crash pad / advice ) 
greatly appreciated. Jack Kerr c/o 77 
Roseneath St., Clifton Hill, VIC 3068, 
Australia. 



ANY ANGRY PUNX LEFT? Hope I'm 
not the only one. Sneering 17 y/o 
punk guv wants mail Into '77 punk, 
old HC, oi, grind, psychobi llv. reg- 
gae, cider, public access tv, sex. b- 
movies, conspiracy theories, boots n' 
braces, comix, vandalism and South 
park. You bastards and bastardettes 
can send words of praise, dead hip- 
pies, hate mail and wet panties to: 
Neal, 163 Purdee St., Staten Island, 
NY, 10314. 



STAY ALL OVER THE WORLD for 

free. The World for Free was started 
by a touring band to help with accom- 
modations in people's houses. Since 
then it's grown to over 250 members. 
If you like people more than hotels, 
find out about The World For Free. 
For information send a SASE to: The 
World For Free, PO Box 137-M, 
Prince St Stn, New York NY 10012, 
USA. 



DARK ENTRIES is a pen pal network 
dedicated to printing classified ads, so 
punks can meet other punks, trade free 
shit, poetry, or just basically voice 
their opinions. Send your classified 
ads (40 words or less), poetry, stories 
or commentary. If you want a copy of 
the zine, send $1 or 3 stamps to: Dark 
Entries, 6245 Atlantic Ave. #134, Bell 
CA 90201. 



ATTENTION BANDS: Quality custom 
screen printing at very cheap prices. 
Get your band printed on t-shirts, 
sweatshirts, and patches. Write for 
free price list'and order form to: Jeff 
Metropolis, 1211 Old Concord Rd., 
Monroeville, PA 15146. 



HEY GRRRLS! 16 year old lonely vir- 
gin Japanese punk rock boy looking 
for soulmate for relationship. I am 
into operation: cliff clavin, Zoinks!, 
New speedway king, screw 32, 1 farm, 
Drain Bramaged, Whatever and 
screeching Weasel and etc. Also I am 
into bass, porno, clothes, collect 
stickers and cata-logues. Someone 
comfort me please! anyway write me: 
Hiroshi Ohira / 66-3 ' A2A Nakano- 
machi Minamitakai / Yamato-Cho 
Ichinomiya-City Aichi-Ken/491/Ja- 
pan 



21 YEAR OLD female needs pen| 
pals! I'm into: Richard Hell, 
NY Dolls, Crass, Sex Pistols, Blackl 
Flag, moody poetry and so muchl 
more. I'll answer all. Heidi Hoyt, 44001 
7th Avenue, Apt3, Rock Island, Il| 
61201. 



HEY SKINHEAD: In a band.' Got 
something to say/for sale? Semi it in 
for new skinzine tor NON-RACIST 
skins of the world. Need articles, re- 
views, artwork, photos and every- 
thing else interesting. I need contacts 
from all over the world Send IRC for 
reply/info to - "Bovver-Ville," P.O.B 
49149. 7740 - 18 ST. S E., Calgary, 
AB. T2C 2NO, Canada. 



BLAH! BLAH? BLAH! Looking for 
anyone to keep me in touch with the 
world and scene... & anything else 
that matters to you... Plain and sim- 
ple I want penpals from all over!! 
Punx not de@d! ! Arthemus Quinones 
#E37258/ B2-205/ P.O. Box 5002/ 
Calipatria, CA 92233 



HEY SKINHEAD! In a band? Got 
something to say/for sale? Send it in 
for new skinzine for non-racist skins 
of the world. Need articles, reviews, 
artwork, photos and everything else 
interesting. I need contacts from all 
over the world. Send IRC for reply/ 
info, to - "Bovver-Ville," P.O.B 
49149, 7740 - 18 ST. S.E., Calgary, 
AB. T2C 2NO, Canada. 



BANDS WANTED: Slap Happy 
Records is looking for bands for up- 
coming compilations and full length 
releases. All styles, especially pop 
punk. Cheap exposure. Send demos 
to P.O. Box 249, Byron CA. 94514. 
(510)-634-3580 (Ted). 



STRENGTH THROUGH JOY presents: 
out of print, hard to find merchandise, 
Satanis-the devils mass, Anton Lavey, 
Radio Werewolf Charles Manson, Psy- 
chic TV, plus many underground Audio, 
Print, Video! Contact : P.O. Box 82435, 
Portland, OR 97282 send 1 IRC 



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"SEX SELLS" 

Don't let the nam* scar* you!! Max R&R 

compared em' to the STITCHES. From 

the Detroit area! 



DEAD END KIDS 

•'ELVIS" 

From Florida but they sound like they war* 
from California 1981. Great PUNK ROCK! 

STILL A FEW LEFT: 

the BRISTLES "This Bombs for You" 

the PROSTITUTES "Get Me Sick" 

List alternate for the Prostitutes 7", 
Bristles still 1st pressing get em now. 

IN THE WORKS 7" BY: Los Pinkos, Moral 
Crux, No One's Victim & more. Bladderx3 

7" or CD??? I still have some buttons, 
shirts in the works SS permitting!! Write 
for full Catolog of great stuff LP.CD &7", 
Dropkick Murphy's, Workin' Stiffs & more. 

PRICES: 7" U.S $3.50 2more $3, Can/Mex $4 

others $5.50 2more $5. LP$8, $9, $11. 

CD $6, $7, $8. This if U.S funds only cash 

or money order to Patrick Grindstaff. 
All item sent First Class U.S, Small Packet/ 

Air to others, so it gets there quick!! 

PELADO REC MAIL ORDER 

521 W. Wilson #B202 
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 USA 

Dist By: Get Hip, Revolver, Choke, Rotz, 

1000Flowers, Cyclone, Sounds of CA., Beer 

City, Soda Jerk, Rhetoric & more. 



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From: 
MAXIMUMROCKNROLL 

P.O. BOX 460760 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94146-0760 



BULK RATE 

U.S. POSTAGE 

PAID 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 

PERMIT No. 728 




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